The first 8-lap Superbike race saw Dean line up on the front row of the grid and he slotted into third place at the end of the opening 2.43-miles behind early leader Lee Johnston and Ivan Lintin. Overhauled by Guy Martin a lap later, but getting the better of Lintin, Dean remained in third place for the next five laps but on the sixth lap he managed to find a way by Johnston to move up to second.
Martin had opened up a substantial lead by then but Dean kept pushing for the final quarter of the race, setting his best lap seventh time around and he eventually crossed the line in second place, 4.1s behind Martin.
The dry, sunny conditions remained throughout the day but by the time the feature Ian Watson Trophy Superbike race came to the line, a strong wind was gusting around the woodland circuit making riding conditions more precarious.
A slightly sluggish start saw Dean back in fourth at the completion of the first lap and with Martin settling into an early lead, the Suzuki rider immediately began to open up a gap over the rest of the field. Subsequently, Dean found himself involved in a three-way tussle for second with Johnston and Lintin and as the race entered its final quarter it was down to a two-way shoot-out between Dean and Lintin.
There was little to choose between the two riders around the narrow course and with Lintin defending his lines into the sharp hairpin bends, finding a way through wasn’t an easy task. Dean made a final effort at Mountside Hairpin on the eighth and final lap but in the end had to settle for third thus making it two podiums from his two races.
Dean Harrison: “You always want to win but for our first meeting of the year, I’m pleased with how today went. The Superbike’s an absolute missile in a straight line but we’ve a new electronics package on board this year and whilst I’m getting used to it all the time, I’m not quite up to speed with it yet. I’m learning all the time but Scarborough’s obviously a circuit where you’re up and down the gearbox all the time and a couple of times the bike jumped out of third gear, which was just enough to hold me back from getting onto the rear wheel of Guy.”
“The lap times were good though and I was only a couple of tenths off Guy and these early season meetings are perfect for ironing out little issues like this so when we get to the International races next month, the North West 200 and TT, everything will be dialled in how we want it to be. Each time I go out on the bike, I’m happier and more comfortable and we know what areas to work on so, all in all, it’s been a good day”
The team’s next outing is scheduled to be Oulton Park in two week’s time in what will be their final preparation prior to the International North West 200, which takes place from May 13th-17th.
Picture by Glynne Lewis