Dean Harrison and the RC Express Racing team head into tomorrow’s 6-lap Dainese Superbike race in confident mood, with the Bradford rider having posted his best ever lap of the Mountain Course, 128.622mph, during Friday evening's final practice session.
Despite a practice week that has seen a combination of the Manx weather and stoppages severely limit the competitors’ track time, Dean has been at the forefront in all of the sessions and has regularly placed inside the top ten on all three leaderboards – Superbike, Superstock and Lightweight. Indeed, with all riders struggling to get clear laps – and enough of them – Dean has made the most of his time on the 37 and ¾ mile Mountain Course and took full advantage of the perfect conditions on Friday evening to record his best times in the Superbike and Superstock categories.
The 128mph+ lap came on the Superstock machine, which has placed him third on the overall leaderboard for the week, with a late lap on the Superbike of 127.258mph putting him in twelfth. Meanwhile, a solid lap of 113.190mph on the little Lightweight 650cc ER6 machine sees him handily placed in that class too and he's now all set for an extremely busy and productive week of racing where he’ll contest all six solo races.
Dean Harrison: “I’m feeling good going into race week and although I’ve had a few small issues and a slight lack of time on the bikes, I’ve been chipping away and am pretty happy with the lap speeds we’ve done. I haven’t had a flying lap on any bike yet and the conditions have been a bit sketchy at times, so it was good to get some decent laps in on Friday evening so we’re in pretty good shape. I’m expecting the usual suspects to be at the front tomorrow, especially the more experienced ones, but I’ll be giving it a good go and am confident of a good result.”
Ben Constable, Team Co-Owner: “Track time’s obviously been an issue for everyone but, aside from a few minor issues which you expect at the TT, everything’s going to plan. We haven’t had any major problems and Dean’s been doing what he always does and that’s go quicker and quicker with each and every lap.”
“Being a seeded rider means there’s no real pressure on us as we don’t have to go chasing lap times for a decent start position so we’re confident of having a good run tomorrow. There’s plenty more time and speed to come from Dean and we’re looking forward to a strong week of racing.”
The 6-lap Dainese Superbike race is due to get underway at 11.00am tomorrow.
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