‘I keep get­ting faster ev­ery year’

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Dean Harrison took third place in the Se­nior TT af­ter be­ing forced to ride with a stock en­gine once again in his Sil­i­cone En­gi­neer­ing Kawasaki, like he did in the open­ing Su­per­bike race, when both his su­per­bike-spec en­gines blew up dur­ing prac­tice.

“The mo­tor is com­pletely stock and we used the same en­gine in both the Su­per­bike and Se­nior races,” the 28year old-ex­plained.

“The dif­fer­ence from my stocker to my su­per­bike is a set of forks and some calipers. I’m even run­ning the stan­dard swingarm and the stan­dard wheels.”

It was an im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the Brad­ford man who fin­ished on the podium in both races and set his fastest-ever lap in the Se­nior at 132.019mph.

“Its not a good thing hav­ing to do that on a stock en­gine though be­cause it makes my life hard!” Harrison joked.

Af­ter mak­ing sus­pen­sion changes be­fore the restart, Harrison stayed within a sec­ond of Bruce An­stey on the Honda RC213V-S on the open­ing lap be­fore mov­ing into third on lap two, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing 23 sec­onds be­hind race win­ner, Dun­lop and ten be­hind run­ner-up Hick­man.

“With Hick­man set­ting off 10 sec­onds be­hind me I am like a red rag to a bull so I had to get my head down from the start,” Harrison said.

Harrison was Met­zeler’s star man in the Su­per­bike and Se­nior races in the bit­ter tyre war that raged be­tween Met­zeler and Dun­lop through­out TT 2017.

“There was noth­ing wrong with my tyres,” Harrison de­clared. “I have had no tyre is­sues all week. I did 132mph, so the con­di­tions weren’t that bad. I’m happy with that as it’s my fastest-ever lap. As long as you keep get­ting faster, that’s what it is all about.”

Harrison was also happy with his progress in the su­per­bike class and he feels he can close the gap to Michael Dun­lop.

“Last year we had Su­per­stock and Su­pers­port podi­ums and the plan this year was to get on the Su­per­bike podium. We have had two so we haven’t done too bad have we?” he smiled.

“I’m not wor­ried about Dun­lop, I will keep do­ing what I’m do­ing. I keep get­ting faster but he’s not get­ting any faster is he? So as long as I keep get­ting closer to him then it doesn’t mat­ter. I knocked another mile an hour off so if I come back next year and do another mile an hour then I’m not go­ing to be far away. “

Dean Harrison says he’s get­ting quicker ev­ery year, while win­ner Dun­lop isn’t

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