Kawasaki man trumps TT big guns Dun­lop and Mcguin­ness with five Su­per­bike wins

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Stephen Dav­i­son MCN ROADS RE­PORTER

Dean Har­ri­son cel­e­brated the Scar­bor­ough Gold Cup’s 70th an­niver­sary by claim­ing all five Su­per­bike races – in­clud­ing his sec­ond vic­tory in Sun­day’s fea­ture race.

The Sil­i­cone En­gi­neer­ing Kawasaki rider, who dom­i­nated the York­shire sea­side event on his ZX-10R, said: “That’s my sec­ond Gold Cup win and I have been around Scar­bor­ough a few times so I know the track.

“It’s ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t it? The more times you do some­thing, the bet­ter you get. It’s all about be­ing smooth here. If you try to be ag­gres­sive you end up go­ing slow, it’s one of those places.”

And the 27-year-old Brad­ford man was up against road rac­ing’s elite in­cid­ing TT ri­vals Michael Dun­lop, John Mcguin­ness and Ivan Lintin.

“My en­gine is a stock mo­tor, that’s all I have had all year,” he ex­plained.

“Get­ting a good grid po­si­tion in prac­tice, get­ting a good start and then get­ting into the groove is im­por­tant. There are plenty of places to over­take, it’s just a case of pick­ing the right one and set­ting your­self up. I al­ways like to over­take some­one cour­te­ously rather than stick it up the in­side of them.”

Eight- times Gold Cup win­ner Guy Martin was one of the first peo­ple to con­grat­u­late Har­ri­son. The Lin­colnshire star was mak­ing his only road rac­ing ap­pear­ance of the 2016 sea­son at the track where he was once dom­i­nant, tak­ing part in an an­niver­sary pa­rade lap on his home-built Pikes Peak Suzuki turbo.

“Guy gave me the thumbs up af­ter­wards,” Har­ri­son said as he staked his claim to a new dom­i­nance of the 2.4mile Oliver’s Mount park­land cir­cuit that out­right lap record- holder Martin once en­joyed.

“I know that I can run the pace of any­one around here,” he said. “Guy has been real fast around here but I have rid­den round with him at that pace. I did a 1.45.1 yes­ter­day in one of the races and the lap record is 1.44.269 so we have been 0.8 sec­onds off the lap record this week­end and I’m rid­ing around by my­self. Guy broke the record when him and me were go­ing at it in 2013.”

Al­though Har­ri­son won the Gold Cup race on the Mar-train Yamaha last year, it was at the end of a sea­son in which he had strug­gled to come to terms with the new R1.

“Last year I had a lot of break­downs,” Har­ri­son ad­mit­ted. “Ev­ery­one breaks down now and again but you don’t cry, you have to take the rough with the smooth. This has been a good year.”

His re­turn to Kawasaki power with Paul Id­don’s Sil­i­cone squad has been the key fac­tor in a re­turn to form that in­cluded three TT podi­ums.

Like fel­low TT stars Ian Hutchin­son and Michael Dun­lop, Har­ri­son has sharp­ened his skills this year by com­pet­ing in the cut-and-thrust of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship short cir­cuit se­ries.

“I have done Oul­ton and Don­ing­ton in the Su­pers­port cham­pi­onship,” he said. “I have done more rid­ing this year than ever be­fore. We are go­ing off to Assen now and then Brands. I had never even been to Oul­ton Park be­fore and I got into the points, so it wasn’t all bad.”

Hav­ing found a happy new home for his skills, Har­ri­son will be sit­ting tight for 2017.

“The team is mint,” he smiled. “All the lads I work with are great and we have ev­ery­thing we need. Paul or­gan­ises ev­ery­thing well and it all works, so it will be the same again for next year. I couldn’t ask for any more re­ally.”

“We are still a young team and we had to step up quite a bit when we signed Dean,” Sil­i­cone boss and for­mer racer, Id­don added.

Id­don’s young pro­tégé has been on the pace and on or close to the podium at all the in­ter­na­tional road races this year. He is now lap­ping in the 131mph bracket at the TT and the squad will spend the win­ter in a search for more power from the ZX-10R to help him bridge the gap to the 133mph laps of Dun­lop and Hutchin­son’s BMWS.

“We have been run­ning the stock en­gine in the Su­per­bike all year af­ter our Su­per­bike-spec mo­tor blew up at the North West,” Id­don said.

“The plan is to de­velop a new en­gine dur­ing the win­ter. We have an en­gine guy in now and we will de­velop step by step. We have 198bhp at the mo­ment and an ex­tra 20 will go a long way to help­ing Dean close that gap.”

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