‘I keep getting faster every year’
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. “