HAR­RI­SON DE­LIV­ERS WITH FIRST SU­PER­BIKE PODIUM

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A Light­weight race win­ner in 2014 and a podium fin­isher in the Su­pers­port and Su­per­stock races at last year’s TT, Dean Har­ri­son ful­filled his youth­ful prom­ise by scor­ing his first su­per­bike race podium on the Sil­i­cone En­gi­neer­ing Kawasaki on Sun­day. But the 28-year-old said he was sur­prised to be lead­ing the race in the early stages af­ter a trou­bled prac­tice week.

“I can’t say I was ex­pect­ing to be fight­ing for the win , espe­cially with the prob­lems we’ve had with the bike,” the Brad­ford rider said.

“We had a few tech­ni­cal en­gine is­sues through the week and spent a bit of time spec­tat­ing on the moun­tain when we got stuck out there. We built the bike as best we could for race day, but the en­gine we had in it hadn’t turned a wheel be­fore the race. We did a ses­sion on the dyno and then just set off down Bray Hill. I got my head down from the start re­ally and led for three or four laps.”

Har­ri­son led the race af­ter Michael Dun­lop’s depar­ture be­fore be­ing un­set­tled by the crash scene at Greeba Cas­tle where his close friend, Lee John­ston, had crashed the pre­vi­ous day.

“I saw a crash at Greeba Cas­tle and thought it looked a bit harsh,” he ex­plained.

“I thought about it quite a bit. You should never do that and I think it slowed me down. It took me a few miles to get my brain back into gear. I got re­ally frus­trated and the more frus­trated you get, the more mis­takes you make. You al­most need to take a step back to take two for­ward again.”

Har­ri­son re­gained his rhythm and bat­tled back into third place be­fore open­ing a gap to fourth-placed, James Hil­lier, on an­other Met­zeler-shod ZX-10R Kawasaki.

‘I got frus­trated and the more frus­trated you get the more mis­takes you make’ DEAN HAR­RI­SON

High-fly­ing Har­ri­son claimed third place in the Su­per­bike TT

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