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Name: Dean Harrison

Date of Birth: January 24th, 1989

Place of Birth: Bradford, England

Nationality: English

Races competed: British Superbike and Superstock Championships, International road races (Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix), Southern 100 and Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

Twitter: @deanharrisonTT

Getting into biking:

Dean’s father Conrad has been competing in sidecar racing since the early 1990s, making his TT debut in 1993 and now having stood on the podium on ten occasions, including a race win in 2014. Whilst a career in three wheels seemed likely, both Dean and his brother Adrian opted for the two-wheel route with Dean’s career getting underway at the tender age of 16.

Outings with the Auto 66 club at circuits including Elvington and Cadwell Park saw steady improvement but a lack of finance meant his outings were limited and it was only a chance meeting that saw his career head to the roads and, in particular the Irish Support Road Racing Championships. Numerous victories were taken in 2010 and it’s been success ever since.

First bike:

Yamaha DT50

Racing Icon:

Bruce Anstey

Career Highlights:

After short circuit outings in 2008 and 2009, Dean made his debut on the roads in 2010, and immediately impressed in the Irish Senior and Junior Support Championships riding for McKinstry Racing. A defeat of Ryan Farquhar at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough later that year gave a hint of what lay ahead and Harrison was soon earmarked as a star of the future, a tag he’s most certainly fulfilled.

His debut at the Isle of Man TT races came in 2011 with a best finish of 12th in the second Supersport race, an excellent result, and, still a privateer, he improved further in 2012 with three top 15 finishes around the Mountain Course, the best of which was ninth in the Superbike race when he lapped in excess of 126mph.

Soon after, he was signed by RC Express Racing with two and a half successful years following. The partnership saw them finish 11 of the 12 TT races they started – all of them inside the top 11 and six of them in the top five – and after taking second place in the 2013 Lightweight and 2014 Superstock races, Harrison claimed his first TT win with victory in the 2014 Lightweight race. A podium also came at the Ulster Grand Prix whilst Harrison and his Kawasaki’s were becoming the dominant force at Oliver’s Mount.

A move to Yamaha in 2015 didn’t quite reap the rewards he hoped for although he did claim the Scarborough Gold Cup for the first time and since switching to Silicone Engineering Racing in 2016, it’s been nothing but success for the Bradford rider.

Three podiums were taken at the 2016 TT with two more top five finishes and he was a frequent podium visitor at the Southern 100 and Scarborough, taking all of the major trophies on offer at the latter.

Continuing with the team and Kawasaki machinery in 2017, Dean took two more podiums at the TT with third in both the Superbike and Senior races, his first rostrum appearances in the Superbike class, whilst also improving his personal best lap to 132.019mph, currently the eighth quickest of all time.

In what proved to be, arguably, his most successful season to date, he took his maiden podium at the International North West 200, won the Southern 100 Solo Championship for the first time, won the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race – claiming a new outright lap record in the process – and again swept all before him at Oliver’s Mount, which included winning the Gold Cup for the third year in a row and setting a new circuit lap record.

Still only 29, Harrison is already one of the finest road racers currently competing and more wins and podiums are expected in 2018 and surely it’s only a matter of time before he takes his second win at the TT. Extremely happy with his team, he’s now also become a regular in the British Superstock Championship, as well as having outings in the premier Superbike category, and Harrison’s career will continue to go upwards in the forthcoming years.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Winner, 2014 Lightweight TT race
  • Second – 2013 Lightweight TT, 2014 Superstock TT, 2016 Superstock TT, 2016 Supersport 1 TT
  • Third – 2016 Supersport 2 TT, 2017 Superbike TT, 2017 Senior TT
  • Fastest TT Lap, 132.019mph, 8th fastest of all time – won 23 silver and 6 bronze replicas
  • 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race winner – outright lap record of 134.614mph
  • Four Ulster Grand Prix podiums in total
  • Third, 2017 North West 200 Superstock
  • Third, 2013 Southern 100 Solo Championship
  • Second, 2014 Southern 100 Solo Championship
  • Second, 2016 Southern 100 Solo Championship
  • Winner, 2017 Southern 100 Solo Championship – new personal best lap of 115.500mph
  • Three-times winner of the Scarborough International Gold Cup – 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Outright lap record holder at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough
  • Fastest ever rider to have lapped the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course on a Yamaha (2015)

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