HARRISON DELIVERS WITH FIRST SUPERBIKE PODIUM
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