Harrison and Johnston join Black Eagle Racing for Classic TT


Two of road racing’s biggest talents, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston, have announced that they will ride for Black Eagle Racing in this year’s Classic TT.

The 25-year-olds will both compete on the team’s three cylinder MV Agustas in the 500cc race, with Northern Irishman Johnston also riding the three cylinder MV Agusta in the 350cc race.

Harrison meanwhile will switch to the team’s four cylinder MV Agusta ‘Fire Engine’ for the 350cc race.

Johnston has already enjoyed plenty of success at the TT, having being crowned Privateer’s Champion in 2012 before smashing both the lap and race records in the Okells 350cc Classic TT race last year.

The Hull-based rider posted a record-breaking lap of 105.239mph last hour and won the 350cc race by a commanding 45 seconds.

Ahead of the 2015 Classic TT, Johnston said: “Winning the 350cc Race last year was a real highlight for me and I was delighted for the guys in the Black Eagle team who put so much time, money and effort into making it all happen. Getting to ride the 500cc bike as well is something I am really excited about and hopefully we can go back to the Isle of Man in August and pick up some more silverware.”

His teammate for the 2015 event didn’t have the same luck in 2014, with the Bradford racer being forced out of the event after suffering an injury at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Harrison did however win the inaugural Formula Classic Race at the Classic TT back in 2013 before winning the 2014 Bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight TT race.

Harrison said: “I was gutted to miss out on last year’s Classic TT so I am delighted to have been offered the chance to ride these amazing MV Agusta’s again in 2015. They are incredible pieces of engineering and it still seems strange that David and Mark (Kay) are willing to give them to guys like Lee and I to thrash around the Isle of Man!”

The signings of Johnston and Harrison means that the Black Eagle Racing team are one of the favourites to taste victory at the 2015 Classic TT.

Team manager, Mark Kay, is feeling confident following the team’s rider announcement.

He said: “As a team, we went through every emotion last year at the Classic TT which ended on a real high when Lee took victory in the 350cc Race for us breaking the lap and race records. We have not taken our feet off the gas since to make sure that both the 350’s and 500’s are in the best possible shape for the 2015 event and with the rider line up we have been able to secure, we expect to be a force to be reckoned with in both of the races.”