Fresh from his victory at the Isle of Man TT Races, RC Express Racing’s Dean Harrison was back out in action at the weekend, contesting the Barry Sheene Road Race meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and it proved to be another successful weekend for the Bradford rider with a hat-trick of victories chalked up.
The meeting saw races for both modern and classic machinery and as well as riding the RC Express Racing by MSS Performance Superstock ZX-10R Kawasaki, Dean was also out on the Mistral Racing Kawasaki ZXR750 in preparation for August’s Formula 1 Classic TT race.
With conditions perfect throughout the two days, Dean opened his account for the weekend on the ZX-10R with a hard fought victory over Ivan Lintin in Saturday’s Senior race. It was Lintin who held sway in the early stages but there was never more than half a second between himself and Dean and, aided by the fastest lap of the race – 1m46.384s – Dean was able to edge ahead in the closing stages and run out eventual victor by 2.3s.
The ZXR750 had expired during Saturday’s Geoff Barry Classic Superbike race but with a new engine fitted for Sunday, Dean opted to use the machine for the entire day, keen to get in as many laps on the bike as possible prior to the Classic TT.
It proved to be an invaluable decision as he took comfortable wins in the Barry Sheene Classic Superbike final as well as in the second leg of the Geoff Barry Classic Superbike event. Just for good measure, Dean then rode the same bike in the Senior race – for modern machinery – finishing in a good third and just nine seconds adrift of race winner Lintin!
Dean Harrison: “Overall, it’s been a good weekend and the main aim was to get some time on the old ZXR in preparation for the Classic TT and the meeting’s more than served its purpose. I brought the RC Express Racing Stocker along with me just in case there were any issues with the Classic bike as I didn’t want to be sat idle and it proved to be a good decision on the Saturday. The Classic engine went bang and so I took the Stocker out for a good win in the Senior.”
“The Mistral boys got me back out on Sunday and with a new Maxton shock that worked a treat, I got plenty of laps in on the bike and took two good wins. I also took third on it against all the modern machinery in the second Senior race and I’m surprised at how good it is. For saying the bike’s well over 20 years old, it stops well, handles well and has good top end speed so I’m really looking forward to getting out on it at the Classic TT.”
Dean’s next outing takes him back to the Isle of Man for the Southern 100 road races where he’ll be on board the RC Express Racing by MSS Performance Superbike and Lightweight machines. He’ll also contest the Supersport races for Mar-Train Yamaha with the meeting taking place on July 7-10.
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