Having secured his first international road race victory at the Isle of Man TT, Dean Harrison has his sights set firmly on another trip to the top step of the podium, this time at the Ulster Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old dominated the Lightweight TT, leading from start to finish and beating a major fuel shortage in the final miles. In doing so Harrison and his father, Conrad, became the first father and son combination to win TT races in the same year following Conrad’s sidecar win earlier in the week.
However, now the TT celebrations are over, the younger Harrison has turned his attention to the Dundrod Circuit and the fastest road race in the World.
“This is actually my first year riding the supertwin but we had a really strong TT on it, and I wasn’t too far away on the bigger bikes,” said the Bradford-based rider. “Hopefully we can be even more competitive at the Ulster.
“Last year we went well in the stock race and got a 4th place, but I think expectations are a little higher this time around. We should have more speed on the 600 anyway. The bike last year just wasn’t quick enough really but I know the Mar Train Yamaha we have this year will definitely have the straight-line speed. It’s a good track too at the Ulster so I’d want to be challenging for a win.”
He is no stranger to success around the Dundrod circuit, lapping as the fastest newcomer in 2012 and quickly establishing himself at the top end of the road racing grid.
“To be 24 and have a TT win is a fantastic achievement for Dean,” said Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston. “He’s getting faster and faster every year. His speed and determination are obvious and it will be interesting to see if he can fend off the likes of Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and the Dunlops.
“He’s already made a name for himself and it will be a big treat for the spectators if he can put in another great performance.”