Harrison ends NW200 meeting with strong top eight finishes
18th May 2014 / Race News
Dean Harrison and the RC Express Racing team had an up and down few days of racing at the International North West 200 road races this week but the Bradford rider ensured the meeting ended on a high note with two top eight finishes in the Superstock and feature NW200 Superbike races.
With perfect conditions during qualifying and racing on Tuesday and Thursday, Saturday’s feature race day dawned overcast and by the time the racing got underway, showers around the 8.9-mile circuit had left the road surface extremely damp and tyre choice problematical. Nevertheless, the day started solidly for Dean as he posted an 11th place finish in the opening 5-lap Superbike race.
It was all upwards from there on and Dean and the Kawasaki ZX-10R took an excellent seventh place in the Superstock race, just four seconds adrift of the final podium position. With conditions improving all the time, and the course getting dryer and dryer all the time, Dean opted to continue with the Superstock machine for the final feature NW200 Superbike race. Battling throughout with fellow Kawasaki rider James Hillier, Dean edged away in the closing stages to take a fine eighth place, also posting his best ever lap of the circuit, 119.410mph, in the process.
The results more than made up for a disappointing Thursday evening when he was forced to retire from the Superstock race and crashed out at the Mill Road roundabout in the Supertwins race meaning both he and the team can head to the Isle of Man TT in confident mood.
Dean Harrison: “It all came together in the end and I’m pleased with how the day went on Saturday. Conditions weren’t the easiest but the Kawasaki and Metzeler tyres were working really well and the longer the races went, the more confident and comfortable I felt. I was a bit wary about going out on slicks in the final Superbike race so decided to take the Superstock bike out again and whilst slicks would have been absolutely fine, I can’t fault how the Stocker performed.”
“Thursday is best forgotten about but it was just a bit of bad luck and, overall, we’ve learnt a massive amount with all three bikes. I’ve got quicker and more confident with them as the week’s progressed and we’ve got a solid base to start from when we get to the Isle of Man next week.”
Ben Constable, Team Co-Owner: “The week started off slow for us but it ended really well and I’m proud of Dean’s efforts and professionalism throughout. He deserved the results on Saturday for everything he put in over the few days and the eighth place in the Superbike race, whilst riding the Superstock bike, was very impressive.”
“We had a few issues over the course of the few days, like a lot of other people did, but the good thing is that we resolved everything along the way and found some good settings which will stand us in good stead at the TT. Dean’s happy with all of the bikes whilst the team did a mega job all week, especially Danny and John, so we can’t wait now to get to the Island.”
Dean will be competing in all six solo races at the Isle of Man TT with the event taking place from24 May-6 June.