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Dean Harrison’s Senior IOM TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR ridden

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Ridden by Adam Child

Dead flies are still plastered to the front of Dean Harrison’s historic Senior winning Kawasaki. The rear Metzeler slick shows evidence of his celebratory burnout, with melted race rubber hangs from the rear undertray.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks

Senior TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Chain lube is splattered over the factory swing-arm – even the Akrapovic logo, lost somewhere out there on the TT course, is still missing from the exhaust.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR Silicone Engineering

This very special Silicone Engineering ZX-10RR gave Kawasaki their first Senior TT win since Mick Grant in 1975, and crossed the finish line on Glencrutchery Road less than 24 hours before I got to throw a leg over the machine.

IOMTT Senior Podium Harrison Hickman Cummins

IOMTT Senior Podium Harrison Hickman Cummins

2019 Senior TT Results
1. Dean Harrison / Kawasaki
2. Peter Hickman / BMW +53.062
3.. Conor Cummins / Honda  +58.879

The grips, the levers – everything – are as Dean left them. After my ride the bike headed into private storage to never be ridden again; its factory engine silenced forever as its proud owner puts it on display at home.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Controls

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Controls

Bit of force gets put through these and the pegs to pilot this beast around the Isle of Man

This is one special bike

For those of you who thought Harrison’s TT winning bike was back racing in the British Superbike Championship at the next round, let me assure you it wasn’t. It’s true, many TT teams now run modified BSB bikes on the roads, but Dean’s ‘official’ Kawasaki is very different. This is a very special one-off.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner RHS

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner RHS

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

The wheels are the same as those used in BSB, but that is really where any similarity ends. The discs are a different spec’ and the brake calipers are changed too. Dean’s BSB bikes use a four-pot Brembo set up while the TT bike uses Nissin six-piston calipers. The Brembo brakes have more instant bite while the TT brakes are more consistent.

IOMTT Senior Dean Harrison

IOMTT Senior Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison – 2019 Senior TT winner

You’re never really punishing the brakes around the TT – you don’t need massive initial short-circuit bite – and Dean prefers the Nissin six-piston set up at the TT (although the rear thumb Nissin brake is similar to his BSB bike’s set-up).

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner ForksDash

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner ForksDash

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Let’s talk suspension

The Öhlins forks are similar, but the BSB ZX-10RR makes full use of the latest Öhlins 2530 while the TT bike runs the older 2525 spec’ from 2018. With so little set-up time due to the bad weather in practice week at the 2019 TT the team didn’t get the opportunity to test new fork options, so ran the same forks as 2018.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks Brakes Nissin

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks Brakes Nissin

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

The main difference is the flex between the new and old forks, and Dean preferred the older set-up. The top yoke is changed to accommodate the smaller-diameter forks. The top yoke is also stiffer on the TT bike, with fewer cutaway sections.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner TripleClamps

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner TripleClamps

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

The Silicone team isn’t commercially linked to any products: everything they use, they buy. If an item doesn’t work, they won’t use it. And while the team runs an Öhlins unit to complement the front whne racing in BSB, Dean prefers a Maxton rear shock on the roads.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Linkage

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Linkage

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR uses a Maxton shock

In fact, if Dean wanted pink grips to make him faster, Silicone Engineering would buy him pink grips. Hard-centred TT tyres are, of course, supplied by Metzeler (it’s Pirelli in BSB), which again Dean is happy with.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Bespoke items

Some components of the Senior TT-winning bike are completely bespoke. The swing-arm, for example, is the team’s own and the final version of six designs, which the team admit was excessively expensive to produce. Dean arrived at the TT with three different iterations, each one tweakable to increase or reduce flex and stiffness.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Swingarm

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

This is done by adding or removing bolts within the structure of the arm. Version one, with no bolts, has lots of flex – then it’s version one with bolts, then version two without bolts, then version two with bolts… and so on, with each swing-arm version (with and without bolts) increasing or decreasing stiffness by around 10 per cent.

Essentially Dean has three different arms to choose from with each one having two variants. During a BSB weekend, Dean will normally use swing-arm number two with bolts, but at the TT it’s swing-arm one, as he prefers more flex.

As someone who has raced the TT I find it hard to believe Dean can feel the difference in 10 per cent more flex when lapping the TT at a 134 mph average, but as crew chief Jonny Bagnall explains, “Yes, he’ll notice the difference straight away. He’ll notice how much the bike slides, which I know sounds ridiculous around the TT, but Dean slides the bike. He prefers the bike to slide progressively, and we can help with that by increasing or reducing the flex in the swingarm. What he doesn’t want is the bike to snap out of line; he wants it to slide gracefully.”

IOMTT Senior Harrison Action

IOMTT Senior Harrison Action

Dean Harrison on his way to winning the 2019 Senior TT

Again, the frame is different from that of a BSB ZX-10RR. The road frame has more flex and isn’t braced heavily like the short circuit bike. In fact, the frame is showroom spec, the same as an everyday road bike.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Controls

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Controls

Standard frame used on the Senior TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

New engine, more power

Kawasaki introduced a new engine last year with finger-followers on the valves, and lighter titanium rods, which not only reduced engine inertia but also allowed the stock engine to rev 500 rpm higher. The new engine developments allowed the team to find even more bhp, with a significant 10 hp gain in the mid-range.

Dean liked the old engine and compared it to a two-stroke – ‘You’ve got to keep it revving’, he said – but now loves the huge increase in mid-range torque.

The team is reluctant to quote an actual power figure, but you’re looking at a true 225 hp at the back wheel. And that significant increase in torque and power created handling issues the team had to work around.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner RHF

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner RHF

2019 Senior TT winning ZX-10RR Kawasaki

The TT engines are Kawasaki factory and supplied by Kawasaki’s World Superbike engine builder, Akira, whereas the BSB engine is developed by the team using factory kit parts. The engines go from Kawasaki to Akira and then are delivered to the team run in and ready to go – it’s just a case of bolting the special engine in.

The oil has to be changed every 250 km and the filter every 500 km. And yes, those of you who are good at maths will have worked out that the six-lap Senior TT was more than 250 km.

Despite the lack of label, the exhaust is made by Akrapovic and Motec controls the electronics and fuelling, the same as BSB. Teams at the TT have the option to run a kit ECU, which would allow rider aids, but Dean and the team choose BSB spec’ electronics, which means Dean alone controls the 225 hp.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Cockpit

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Cockpit

No traction control, just right hand control…

Again, the bodywork looks the same as any other race bike in BSB, but the top section is reinforced to make it stronger as you’re going that much fast for so much longer – and it stops flex. Surprisingly the screen is the same as BSB because Dean doesn’t use a large screen with add-ons like the majority of TT riders.

The fuel tanks, however, are completely different to both the BSB bike’s 22-litre tank and the standard road bike’s 17-litre tank. The TT bikes have a hand-made 24-litre tank that extends under the seat to keep the weight low and differs from those run by the other Kawasaki teams.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Adam Child on the Senior TT winning ZX-10RR Kawasaki

The bars and levers are the same as Dean’s BSB bike. Dean had been racing BSB in the summer to get ‘up-to-speed’ and didn’t want to get used to two bikes; therefore the bar position is similar on both bikes. The team worked countless hours on seat-position.

Their rider has been with the team for a few years and in 2018 they spent a huge amount of time getting Dean comfortable with the bike. The seat height is the same as the standard road-going ZX-10RR, even with the fuel tank running underneath the seat.

Little touches make the TT bike unique. The team has designed a captive spindle on the rear wheel so you can’t remove the entire spindle and place it on the ground; it doesn’t come fully out when you remove the rear wheel. Remember the Senior is over six-laps, which means two rear wheel changes in under 40-seconds per stop.

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison Shoei

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison Shoei

Trev took this photo of Dean Harrison after he won the 2019 Senior TT

The sub-frame is easily removable, all the electronics are upfront with the only wire going to the rear being for the mandatory rain light. This allows quick easy access.

Everything is lock-wired, the team will use a few metres of lock-wire on each bike build. Check out some of the detail images if you need convincing. Steering damper, calipers, exhaust bracket are all secured with meticulous and painstaking lock-wiring.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Forks

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Close to running out of fuel!

Bob Grey, the team’s Data Technician, designed the switchgear, dash surround, rear rain light, and a few other items. Plastic printing was used and money was saved if needed,  “The actual buttons are £3.75 plus VAT and on the TT bike we only need minimal buttons – a pit-lane limiter and a map switch – and on the right bar an on and off switch. We’ve also added a rain light button. The rain light is the blue button (water is blue), black is for the map switch, and orange is the pit lane limiter.

“We don’t show Dean a board and tell him to change the map. In practice we’ll change the mapping; if Dean thinks the mapping is shit, he can press the map button and it will go back to the previous map. The fuel map in the bike at the moment is the saving-fuel map.”

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner TripleClamps

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner TripleClamps

TT winning Kawasaki ZX-10RR

One of the problems the team encountered at the 2018 TT, especially in the first Superbike race on day one, was fuel starvation on the end of laps two and four – before the fuel stops. Dean was complaining the bike was surging. Bob and the team analysed the data and could see the fuel pressure dropping for a fraction of a second before the surging as the fuel tank levels depleted.

Bob explains the predicament the team was in the night before the senior, “We were up to the very early hours working out fuel consumption and looked at fuelling strategies. I could lean the motor, to save fuel, but then we could go too lean and the engine would over-heat and melt. But if I’d left the fuelling alone we would have most likely run out of fuel. So, I had to use some calculations and guesswork and went big.

“There was a little bit of surging at the end of lap two as Dean came into the pits, but we’d saved enough fuel to stop the surging in other places. Thankfully the bike ran fine. The link pipe turned purple, it must have been running hot, but we didn’t have any issues. When Dean noticed he had a big lead from his pit-board he maturely rolled off a little which also helped with fuel consumption.”

IOMTT Senior Dean Harrison Podium Peter Hickman Conor Cummins

IOMTT Senior Dean Harrison Podium Peter Hickman Conor Cummins

2019 Senior TT Results
1. Dean Harrison
2. Peter Hickman +53.062
3. Conor Cummins  +58.879

Riding Dean Harrison’s Senior Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Let’s be honest, I’m not going to pretend I can feel the flex in the chassis. Nor did I push the handling limits, and I didn’t feel the used Metzeler slide – despite racing the TT several times I don’t have that level of skill.

I just wanted to get a flavour of the historic TT winning bike, which thankfully the team agreed to the morning after the TT. With hangovers still pounding from the previous night’s celebrations, we headed to out – and forgot the tyre warmers.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Adam Child on the Senior TT winning ZX-10RR Kawasaki

The TT winning bike starts on the button, but to ease the Nova gearbox, Jonny gives me a push to get everything moving before I slotted it into gear. Dean uses a conventional road shift, not a race shift, so it’s unusually down for first gear. The clutch feels heavy and the power is snatchy and aggressive low down. But I’m guessing Dean only lets the rev drop below 5000 rpm three times a lap, if that.

I’m obviously aware I’m on cold Metzeler slicks which have been abused around the TT and during a burn-out in the paddock. In the back of my mind, I know the bike is irreplaceable, and despite the fact that Dean is a good mate, he isn’t going to be too happy if I launch it.

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison greeted by his family in Parc Ferme after taking victory in the 2019 Senior TT

As you’d expect, it’s quick, but it feels raw. The whole bike feels alive, it’s a 225 hp animal without any rider aids. I’ve ridden many TT-winning bikes, and they feel a little timid, but the Kawasaki doesn’t. The thought of riding this flat out at the TT scares me to death. And Dean was power sliding the beast and wrestling it around in fifth and sixth gear – he’s got balls.

The ride isn’t harsh; it’s not a plank of wood with a fast engine, and as Dean explained the brakes are progressive, dare I say user-friendly. The thumb back brake has a nice, smooth, fluid action and doesn’t require a huge input, unlike other thumb brakes I’ve used in the past. Alarmingly my foot does keep reaching for the conventional back brake pedal, which isn’t there – don’t think I’ll be trying any wheelies.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Adam Child on the Senior TT winning ZX-10RR Kawasaki

I love the simplicity of Dean’s bike and minimal buttons to minimise confusion. With its standard screen, simple dash with large digital rev counter there’s no glitz and glamour – it was built to do the job of winning the TT, and that’s it. Like a kit-car, it was designed for speed, not glamour or comfort, despite the face Dean has to ride flat out for close to two hours.

The bars are wide, and it feels like a big bike (with a full 24-litres of fuel she must have been a handful). The steering isn’t light, either, and make no mistake the big Kwaka took some riding. However, Dean is adamant it wasn’t that much of a handful, and it certainly looked like he was dancing with the ZX-10RR for most of the time. Simply having fun.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam Action

Adam Child on the Senior TT winning ZX-10RR Kawasaki

After a short ride, I was happy to give it back in one piece. It’s never nice riding a mate’s bike, especially one that happens to be priceless and has just won the TT. I’d like to say I’d love to ride it in anger, but I don’t think I would, especially not on the road. This is one scary and raw bike I’ll happily give back.

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam

Dean Harrison Senior TT Winner Adam

Adam Child was very happy to get the bike back in one piece

How the 2019 Senior race was won

Dean Harrison claimed his first senior win after Peter Hickman’s Smiths BMW began to overheat on lap five. Peter had a lead of nearly 20 seconds, but it was clear Peter had a problem as he left the second pit-stop. Down Sulby Straight Peter was down to 159 mph, compared to Dean at 191 mph.

By Ramsey Dean had an eight-second lead, with Conor 36-seconds back in third. On the last lap, it was clear Hickman had an ongoing issue again only posting 165 mph through the speed trap, and Dean continued to pull out a lead to more than 40-seconds.

On the run over the mountain, as Hickman’s problems continued, it looked like Conor on the Padgetts Honda may snatch the second spot, but Hickman just held on to second position, eventually finishing, 53-seconds behind Dean and just five seconds ahead of Conor. Michael Dunlop rounded off the top four.

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

The front of the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki after almost two hours of racing at the Senior TT

Dean was clearly overjoyed to take his first big bike win, “To finish first, you first must finish and the bike never missed a beat. I can’t believe it. I’m happy it’s a proper six-lap Senior Superbike win, I’m so happy for the team. The fans and the marshals were all waving, it’s amazing. I got a board which said P1 plus 30 so I knew Peter had a problem. I’m so going to celebrate tonight, you don’t want to know how I’m going to celebrate, it’s going to be big.”

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison – Senior TT Winner – 2019

Peter Hickman sharing of his issues, “I got off to good start and I knew the first lap was 16-min as I came up on the dash. But as I came away from the pitstop the bike was overheating and when the bike went over 11,000rpm it was pissing water out. I couldn’t go past 11,000, so I just short-shifted everywhere, the last few laps seemed to take forever. It’s a problem we’ve had on the Superbike, but not on the Superstock, and we have some amazing people in the Smiths racing but we don’t know why.”

IOMTT Senior Harrison Hickman

IOMTT Senior Harrison Hickman

Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison in Parc Ferme – Senior TT 2019

2019 Senior Results

  1. Dean Harrison 1:43:49.521 130.824mph
  2. Peter Hickman 1:44:42.583 129.719mph
  3. Conor Cummins 1:44:48.400 129.599mph
  4. Michael Dunlop 1:45:16.230 129.028mph
  5. James Hiller 1:46:19.873 127.740mph

Images Stephen Davison & TH

Source: MCNews.com.au

Anstey celebrates return by topping Lightweight qualifying at Classic TT

2019 Classic TT Qualifying

Classic Superbike – Lightweight Classic

The 2019 Classic TT finally kicked off overnight after bad weather affected the scheduled Saturday and Sunday sessions.

Dean Harrison topped Classic Superbike qualifying, while Kiwi Bruce Anstey celebrated his return to competition in fine style by topping the Lightweight Classic TT class.

The Junior and Senior sessions were also started but a red flag and fading light meant that the second second session was cancelled, while the Newcomers session wasn’t run.

RST Classic TT Superbike

The Superbikes and Lightweight machines were first out on the TT Mountain Course. Harrison, who has won the last two RST Classic TT Superbike Races, was first away on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki with Michael Rutter alongside him on the Team Winfield Yamaha. The first pair were followed ten seconds later by James Hillier on the Oxford Products Ducati and Jamie Coward on the Prez Racing Kawasaki.

Classic TT Qualifying Jamie Coward
Jamie Coward – 2019 IoM Classic TT

Rain had been reported earlier in the evening, but the cautionary lack of adhesion flags didn’t seem to dampen spirits or lap speeds. Harrison’s standing start opening lap of the meeting (123.42mph) topped the board on the night before the Bradford rider came in at the end of his opening lap, pointing at a loose exhaust.

Classic TT Qualifying Horst Saiger Conor Cummins
Horst Saiger & Conor Cummins – 2019 IoM Classic TT

Harrison switched machines and headed straight out on his Lightweight bike – the Laylaw Racing Yamaha – and promptly clocked a lap of 114.28mph, which was second only to Anstey, before coming in with a quickshifter issue.

Dean Harrison

“I’ve come straight from Cadwell and BSB to the Classic TT. The ZXR isn’t such a big jump but riding the 250 is chalk and cheese. I’ve not got much experience of the two-stroke but you’ve got to respect the little thing because it will bite you.”

Classic TT Qualifying Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison – 2019 IoM Classic TT

RST Superbike Classic TT Qualifying (Top 15)

  1. Dean Harrison – 18:20.532 / 123.420
  2. Horst Saiger – 18:25.455 / 122.871
  3. Jamie Coward – 18:45.344 / 120.699
  4. Derek Sheils – 19:07.345 / 118.385
  5. Philip Crowe – 19:08.305 / 118.286
  6. Joey Thompson – 19:14.995 / 117.601
  7. Michael Rutter – 19:18.418 / 117.253
  8. Conor Cummins – 19:23.975 / 116.693
  9. Gary Johnson – 19:30.501 / 116.043
  10. Julian Trummer – 19:35.170 / 115.582
  11. Davey Todd – 19:44.377 / 114.683
  12. Paul Potchy – 19:47.173 / 114.413
  13. Forest Dunn – 19:52.301 / 113.921
  14. Michael Sweeney – 19:55.369 / 113.629
  15. Allan Brodie – 19:58.190 / 113.361

Lightweight Classic TT

Lichtenstein based rider Horst Saiger clocked an average speed of 118mph on his opening lap and then improved this to 122.87mph – the second fastest on the night – while Derek Shiels and Jamie Coward both posted 118mph+ opening laps with Coward improving to 120.70 which put him third on the overall Superbike leaderboard.

Early retirements on the opening lap included Paul Jordan on the Mistral Racing Kawasaki, who stopped at Ballacrye and Lee Johnston on his Lightweight Binch Racing Yamaha at Douglas Road Corner, while Gary Johnson (Team York Suzuki) retired on his second lap of the Superbike session at Quarterbridge.

Anstey put a two year TT Mountain Course absence behind him and blasted to an opening lap of 110.84 on the Padgetts Yamaha, while Daniel Sayle on the John Chapman Racing Honda showed that he had recovered from injuries sustained at last year’s Classic TT with an opening lap of 109.90mph.

Classic TT Qualifying Ian Lougher
Ian Lougher – 2019 IoM Classic TT

Ten-time TT Race winner Ian Lougher also showed his hand with an opening lap of 109.37mph which he improved to 112mph on his second lap, while Harrison’s opening lap of 114.28mph put him at the top of the Lightweight leaderboard.

Classic TT Qualifying Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison – 2019 IoM Classic TT

But Bruce Anstey was not to be overshadowed on his come back and promptly set 116.28mph on his second lap.

Bruce Anstey

“It was great to get out and on the second lap things clicked and it felt like normal and as though I’d never been away.”

Clive Padgett – Padgetts Motorcycles Team Boss

“I’m just over the moon. We said to Bruce before the lap if you’re not feeling it we’ll pick you up at Ballacraine. He’s loving life – it’s incredible. He was smiling from the off and all the fans are so pleased to see him back and we’ve had so many great comments.”

Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Qualifying (Top 15)

  1. Bruce Anstey – 19:28.139 / 116.277mph
  2. Dean Harrison – 19:48.554 / 114.280
  3. Ian Lougher – 20:06.438 / 112.586
  4. Charles Rhys – 20:20.042 / 111.331
  5. Daniel Sayle – 20:35.957 / 109.897
  6. Gary Vines – 21:03.060 / 107.539
  7. John Barton – 21:11.224 / 106.848
  8. Dominic Herbertson – 21:14.035 / 106.612
  9. Carsten Svendsen – 21:30.144 / 105.281
  10. Tom Snow – 21:50.055 / 103.681
  11. Samuel Grief – 21:59.485 / 102.940
  12. Phil Harvey – 22:02.007 / 102.744
  13. James Ford – 22:15.793 / 101.683
  14. Steven Howard – 22:23.498 / 101.100
  15. Andrew Cowie – 23:26.553 / 96.568

Senior & Junior Sessions cancelled

The Junior and Senior machines were away shortly after ten past seven with Team Winfield rider John McGuinness on the twin-cylinder Paton and Ripley Land Racing’s Michael Rutter on the single-cylinder Matchless jostling for position alongside each other on the start line.

However, shortly after the second session began, the session was red flagged following an incident at the Black Hut. The rider concerned was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital with a reported leg injury and riders were brought back to the Grandstand in course direction under the direction of Travelling Marshals.

With the lost time and light fading at the Grandstand, the second session for Senior and Junior machines and the scheduled Newcomers session was cancelled.

Roads are to close tomorrow at 1800 with the Lightweight and Superbike Classic TT machines due out at 1820 and Senior and Junior bikes at 1915.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Dean Harrison reflects on his first Senior TT win

Dean Harrison Interview

The 2019 Isle of Man TT has seen Dean Harrison claim Kawasaki’s first Senior TT win since 1975. This is only the second ever win for Kawasaki in the premier event at the TT, and at 30-years-old Harrison is also one of the youngest riders ever to win the Senior TT. We had a front row seat for the chat with Harrison immediately after he claimed victory in Friday’s Senior TT.

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison – Senior TT Winner – 2019

Your first big bike win at the TT.

Dean Harrison: “I’m over the moon I can’t believe it to be honest. It’s great now as I’ve won every TT on a Kawasaki, I’ve won the 650 twin race, Supersport race, the big bike race, so a win in every class, that’s ticked all the boxes.

“The race I got off to a reasonable start, Pete had a bit of the legs on me to be honest. I just tried to put as much pressure on him as I could, as the race went on he was chipping away from me, and the gap was getting bigger, it wasn’t until lap 4 or lap 5 that I noticed the gap had halved. So I thought… well the thing is when the gap halves, I’m not sure if there was a problem, as if someone breaks down there’s a big gap, and it keeps coming down and down and down.

“So I just kept it going to be honest, I was short shifting everywhere, trying to conserve fuel for my last lap. Six laps around this place, 226 miles (over 360 km) on the bike, and two hours, it’s the longest race you’ll ever do as a solo rider. It’s a testament to the bike to keep going for so long, the hammering it gets from me is unbelievable.”

IOMTT Qualifying Sunday Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

When you saw the early boards you must have thought he was getting away from you, growing sector by sector.

Dean Harrison: “Yeah exactly, I was going as hard as I felt comfortable going, I thought I’d push and that would be my best, in those first few laps, and I think I did a sub 17 on lap one, a 16:50 something.

“The trouble is now you’re kind of splitting hairs around here, aren’t we it’s getting so fine. I just tried to put on as much pressure as I could. It sounds daft but if you take a step back and relax you end up making a mistake, if I keep going at the pace I’m going and pushing, you sorta get into a rhythm and sorta hit your points at the apex.

“But the bike to be fair was absolutely faultless, never missed a beat the whole race. Apart from a little tank surging issue, that we went through, that showed up a little bit to be honest, at the latter part of the second lap, the pit laps. But apart from that it was faultless. Massive thanks to the team.”

IOMTT Senior Post Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

For the second pit stop the lead was about 17-seconds, half of which Peter had built up just on the climb to the mount, taking about eight-seconds out of your lap.

Dean Harrison: “That’s my Achilles heel, on the lower section I seem to have it nailed, it’s the climb up the mounts that I need to do some more research on over the winter, we’ve got to do some more short circuits scratching, the faster I get at short circuits the faster I seem to go up the mountain. So I need to come back and do a bit of that here later in the year. Hat’s off to Pete, he has won three TT’s this week and it just proves I’m competitive to get onto the podium.”

And with the top brass from Kawasaki here, we think it’s the first Senior TT for the marque since 1975…

Dean Harrison: “I think it was Mick Grant that won that… Brilliant yea, to give the Kawasaki superbike a win since 1975, Jesus Christ… 44 years ago, a few years ago, no brilliant to be fair.”

What was your thought when you suddenly saw a board which said P1?

Dean Harrison: “I knew there was something wrong when the lead had halved, obviously he’s having issues here, once I got P1 the lead just went from P1 plus 8s to P1 plus 30s and on the mountain I thought I got to short shift a bit.

“It’s hard to concentrate when that happens, when you’re in a battle with someone and it’s so close, but when something goes wrong with another competitor that you get such a big lead, it’s easy to have a lapse in concentration, so you really have to keep your mind in focus, on what you’re doing and what’s coming up, keeping the bike in the right rev range, as problems can occur around here. So I kept my head down and brought it home.”

IOMTT Superbike Race Start Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison at the Superbike Start

How would you sum up your TT overall, three podiums and a win?

Dean Harrison: “It’s absolutely brilliant, every class is so competitive now, I lost my way a little bit though mid-week, with the weather the way it’s been, I sorta lost a bit of momentum, I started real strong, and then my head went a little bit almost, and then it took a little bit to get me back into it.

“Yesterday with all the races I got back into the swing of things, and it’s great to get a win, where it’s six laps, two pit stops, it’s not a shortened race. The race yesterday, I take my hat off to Gary Thompson for the races we got in yesterday, as it was such a tight schedule and yesterday went absolutely seamless. It’s great to get it done for all the spectators, as the crowd around the track is absolutely massive, it’s great to see so much enthusiasm, with people waving over the fences, and sitting on the hedges.”

IOMTT Supersport Race Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

Your bike worked flawlessly…

Dean Harrison: “Yea exactly, it’s a testament to the bike and the team to be fair. The bike never missed a beat the whole race. With the new bike, even we’ve got a new bik this year 2019 ZX-10RR and obviously cosmetically it looks very similar to the old bike, but engine wise it’s not, but the characteristics are quite different. And it took me quite a bit of getting used to. In the stock race, I had a few problems in the NW200 and sort of dialed that out for when we got here, and the Superbike is the same thing, it’s just a matter of time.”

You’ve won TT races before, but to win the Senior TT that must be really special?

Dean Harrison: “Everyone says it’s the biggest race of the fortnight, and me and Pete were saying last year that the Superbike and the Senior are very similar, since it’s the same bike, but for some reason the Senior is the blue ribbon race, but it’s great to get my hands on the trophy to be honest, and to go down as one of the names in history. I’m over the moon.”

How are you going to celebrate getting your hands on that grand ole lady?

Dean Harrison: “You don’t want to know!”

IOMTT Senior Dean Harrison Podium Peter Hickman Conor Cummins
2019 Senior TT Results
Dean Harrison
Peter Hickman +53.062
Conor Cummins  +58.879

2019 Senior TT Results

  1. Dean Harrison / Kawasaki
  2. Peter Hickman / BMW +53.062
  3. Conor Cummins / Honda  +58.879
  4. Michael Dunlop / BMW +1m26.709
  5. James Hillier / Kawasaki +2m30.352
  6. Davey Todd / BMW +2m32.920
  7. Michael Rutter / Honda +3m03.571
  8. Jamie Coward / Yamaha +3m13.561
  9. Brian McCormack / BMW +3m49.971
  10. Dominic Herbertson / Kawasaki +4m09.262
  11. Gary Johnson / Kawasaki +4m41.665
  12. Shaun Anderson / BMW +5m58.740
  13. Derek Sheils / Suzuki +6m07.744
  14. Mike Booth / Kawasaki +6m55.370
  15. Michael Sweeney / BMW +7m14.207
  16. Horst Saiger / Yamaha +7m15.358
  17. Mark Parrett / BMW +7m55.596
  18. Joe Akroyd / Kawasaki +8m00.702
  19. David Jackson / BMW +8m03.310
  20. Frank Gallagher / Kawasaki +8m05.124

Source: MCNews.com.au

Hickman declared Superbike TT winner after red flag

RST Superbike Race

After what had been a tumultuous first week of TT 2019, race action finally got underway at 1105 on Monday morning. Even Monday’s schedule had to be amended numerous times from the planned 1045 start. Firstly a medical emergency at Ramsey involving a member of the public put us back ten minutes as an ambulance was on course to attend that person. Then some problems with spectators at some parts of the course, and a motorcycle on fire at Creg Ny Baa added another small delay but Conor Cummins launched out of the hole at 1105 and TT 2019 was finally underway!

IOMTT Superbike Race Start David Johnson
David Johnson was cool as a cucumber ahead of the Superbike TT as his mechanics fuelled his bike only moments before the race start

Preparation for many of the Superbike runners had been problematic with the extremely limited track time. Any motorcycle problems had caused riders to miss an entire session, thus many of the riders participating in this four-lap Superbike TT had hardly completed a lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.

IOMTT Superbike Race Start Conor Cummins
#1 Conor Cummins was the first rider off the start-line for TT 2019

Still, it would be fair to say that the smart money today would be on Peter Hickman or Dean Harrison. That form guide proved true early on with a 132.48mph from a standing start for Dean Harrison saw him take the lead early but Peter Hickman was only 1.088-seconds behind as they crossed the line at the end of that first lap.

Conor Cummins was in third place ahead of James Hillier and Michaell Rutter, while Michael Dunlop was sixth on the Tyco BMW ahead of Gary Johnson and South Australia’s David Johnson.

John McGuinness came in to the pits on the Norton at the end of lap one with an oil pressure light indicating that not all was well with the British machine.

IOMTT Race Superbike Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison was on fire and nudging sector record times to extend his lead over Hickman to almost five-seconds at Ballaugh Bridge on lap two. Shortly after that sector he passed Conor Cummins on the road, the Honda man had started first, ten-seconds head of Harrison, but the Kawasaki man had closed him down.

Peter Hickman was now wound up though and he clawed back those five-seconds on Harrison in that latter half of the second lap.

IOMTT Race Superbike Hickman Hutchinson
Peter Hickman

Conor Cummins had also got the better of Harrison between Ramsey and Bungalow, that tussle perhaps a factor in slowing down Harrison a little on that second lap.

Into the pits

Conor Cummins and Dean Harrison the first riders into the pits, but still out on course, after starting from #10, Peter Hickman was the new race leader ahead of his pit-stop. In the final sector before his pit-stop Hickman had extended his buffer out to a 1.78-second lead over Harrison.

David Johnson was up to seventh place on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

The final two laps…

Through the first split after the pit stops Hickman’s advantage had been trimmed to 0.690-seconds over Harrison, but the pit stops had seen the Kawasaki get away in front of Conor Cummins, who while just over ten-seconds behind him on time, was running with him on track, while holding down third place in the race.

IOMTT Race Superbike Cummins
Conor Cummins

Michael Rutter was in fourth place ahead of Michael Dunlop while David Johnson had moved up to sixth place. Lee Johnston then retired from the race.

Red Flag

An incident on the circuit at Snugborough, just before Union Mills, then caused officials to put the red flag out. It was some time before we got an update as to whether the race would be started again, or if it would be declared as results. They were past the halfway mark thus declaration was an option for officials. It was around 45-minutes later that officials finally made the call to declare the race, presumably the incident was very serious and the clean-up time deemed to be lengthy.

Peter Hickman declared winner

Results for the race were declared as at the end of lap two, at which point Hickman had a narrow lead over Dean Harrison.

Conor Cummins takes the final step on the subdued rostrum ahead of James Hillier and Michael Rutter.

Michael Dunlop finishes sixth ahead of David Johnson and Jamie Coward. Gary Johnson ninth and Davey Todd rounded out the top ten.

Peter Hickman also carded the fastest lap of the race at 132.947 mph.

RST Superbike Race Results

  1. Peter Hickman (BMW)
  2. Dean Harrison +1.782 (Kawasaki)
  3. Conor Cummins +9.345 (Honda)
  4. James Hillier +41.719 (Kawasaki)
  5. Michael Rutter +54.610 (Honda)
  6. Michael Dunlop +57.316 (BMW)
  7. David Johnson +70.145 (Honda)
  8. Jamie Coward +71.181 (Yamaha)
  9. Gary Johnson +77.645 (Kawasaki)
  10. Davey Todd +86.634 (BMW)
  11. Brian McCormack +86.983 (BMW)
  12. Sam West +88.818 (BMW)
  13. Ian Hutchinson +99.070 (Honda)
  14. Philip Crowe +110.337 (BMW)
  15. Lee Johnston +112.518 (BMW)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Dean Harrison tops Tuesday TT Qualifying in SBK and STK

2019 Isle of Man TT
Tuesday Qualifying Report / Results

After rain prevented play on Monday TT competitors were raring to go on a fine Tuesday evening to further fine tune themselves and their mounts ahead of race week which kicks off this Saturday, June 1st.

Superbikes were out first and it was Dean Harrison, continuing his form from Sunday’s Supersport session, quickest on the night with a speed of 129.53mph while Conor Cummins and James Hillier also figured highly in the Superbike class.

Harrison also topped the Superstock leaderboard but it was a night that saw a number of the other front runners hit trouble including Peter Hickman, who was forced to stop twice on his Smiths Racing BMW Superbike. Hickman did though top the Supersport session after swapping to his 675cc Triumph.

TT Qualifying Tuesday Peter Hickman Supersport Triumph
Peter Hickman

16 time TT Race winner Ian Hutchinson was another rider to be experiencing problems and the Yorkshire rider came off his bike at the 11th Milestone although fortunately was reported to be unhurt.

South Australia’s David Johnson was second quickest in Superstock on Tuesday evening and seventh in Superbike.

Aussie sidecar duo Mick Alton and Steve Bonney were 18th in the sidecar session while compatriots Darryl Rayner and Wendy Campbell did not complete a full lap.

Tuesday’s sessions might prove even more important than normal as the weather forecast for the next few days on the Isle of Man is far from favourable.

TT 2019
Superbike Tuesday Qualifying Results
  1. Dean Harrison – 129.53 mph
  2. Conor Cummins – 128.09 mph
  3. James Hillier – 128.07 mph
  4. Michael Dunlop – 126.93 mph
  5. Michael Rutter – 126.48 mph
  6. Jamie Coward – 126.39 mph
  7. David Johnson – 126.19 mph
  8. Philip Crowe – 125.52 mph
  9. Ian Hutchinson – 125.39 mph
  10. Daley Mathison – 125.17 mph
  11. Stefano Bonetti – 124.49 mph
  12. Derek McGee – 124.40 mph
  13. Davey Todd – 124.29 mph
  14. Brian McCormack – 124.18 mph
  15. John McGuinness – 123.73 mph
TT 2019
Superstock Tuesday Qualifying Results
  1. Dean Harrison 129.34 mph
  2. David Johnson 126.63 mph
  3. Sam West 124.89 mph
  4. Lee Johnson 124.49 mph
  5. Michael Dunlop 124.11 mph
  6. Daley Mathison 124.09 mph
  7. Peter Hickman 123.08 mph
  8. Derek Sheils 122.78 mph
  9. Michael Rutter 122.42 mph
  10. Davey Todd 122.19 mph
  11. James Hiller 121.11 mph
  12. Horst Saiger 120.08 mph
  13. Charles Hardisty 118 mph
  14. Gary Johnson 117.96 mph
TT 2019
Supersport Tuesday Qualifying Results
  1. Peter Hickman 123.92 mph
  2. Derek McGee 122.04 mph
  3. Lee Johnson 121.38 mph
  4. John McGuinness 119.93 mph
  5. Paul Jordan 118.88 mph
  6. Dominic Herbertson 118.35 mph
  7. Mike Browne 118.29 mph
  8. Daniel Cooper 117.73 mph
  9. Barry Evans 117.71 mph
  10. James Chawke 117.58 mph
TT 2019
Sidecar Tuesday Qualifying Results
  1. John Holden 114.99 mph
  2. Peter Founds 114.40 mph
  3. Alan Founds 112.35 mph
  4. Tim Reeves 112.29 mph
  5. Lewis Blackstock 111.80 mph
  6. Ben Birchall 111.55 mpg
  7. Ryan Crowe 109.76 mph
  8. Conrad Harrison 108.95 mph
  9. Gary Bryan 108.54 mph
  10. Estelle Leblond 108.38 mph

Tuesday Qualifying Report

The island was blessed with sunshine throughout Tuesday but there were strong winds all round the 37.73-mile circuit again although riders were informed that they would reduce as the evening wore on. After a slight delay, the session got underway at 6.31pm. Harrison’s Silicone Engineering Kawasaki was at the front of the pack on the grid but lost power before he had even set off and the Bradford rider eventually got away mid-pack on his second Superbike.

Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing Honda) and James Hillier (Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki) were first to head down Glencruchery Road – the pair both on Superbikes – followed by Honda Racing teammates Hutchinson and David Johnson, the latter on his Superstock Fireblade.

TT Qualifying Tuesday James Hillier
James Hillier

Gary Johnson (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) and Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW) were next to go with Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) and Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) on their Superstock mounts. However, outright lap record holder Hickman was soon in trouble and, after pulling off the circuit at Quarter Bridge, he immediately returned to the pits where he went back out on his Triumph Supersport machine.

TT Qualifying Tuesday Lee Johnston
Lee Johnston

Conor Cummins was the early pace setter, posting the best sector times on the opening lap while John McGuinness stopped at Sulby to make adjustments on his opening lap. Dunlop was the first to complete a lap with 126.65mph but then came into the pits to check tyres and gearing. Hutchinson lapped at 125.39mph with Rutter at 124.22mph but Cummins went quickest on the opening lap on the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda with a speed of 128.09mph.

TT Qualifying Tuesday Ian Hutchinson
Conor Cummins

Both Dunlop and Hutchinson pulled straight into the pits at the end of lap 1 while Derek McGee was posting the quickest Supersport lap at 122.04mph. Gary Johnson was another leading rider to have problems on the first lap with his speed of 112.55mph slightly slower than McGuinness’ lap of 113.50mph.

The second lap saw Cummins increase his pace and he looked to be on course for a 129mph+ lap before crossing the line at a leisurely 104.96mph after being black flagged out on course at Brandywell with the Honda reported to be smoking. Gary Johnson another be stopped, due to a loose camera.

TT Qualifying Tuesday Conor Cummins
Conor Cummins

Rutter and David Johnson set the pace on lap two, at 126.48mph and 126.63mph respectively, but Harrison topped that with a speed of 126.68mph on his ZX-10RR Superstock machine. Hickman put in two laps on the Supersport bike, the second of which was 123.92mph which made him the quickest 600cc machine on the night ahead of McGee.

Hickman went back out on the Superbike but again hit trouble and pulled off the course for a second time, this time at Douglas Road Corner at Kirk Michael which signalled the end of his night.

On the fourth lap, Harrison went quickest in the Superstock class with a lap of 129.34mph with Hillier the third rider to break the 128mph barrier with a speed of 128.07mph on his Superbike. McGuinness went out on the Padgetts Supersport machine before returning to the action on the Norton where he lapped at 123.73mph.

Harrison continued to make the headlines though and he put in a lap right at the end of the session to move to the top of the Superbike leaderboard with Cummins and Hillier ending the evening in second and third. Harrison remained on top of the Superstock times as well with David Johnson in second and Sam West lapping at just under 125mph to slot into third.

TT Qualifying Tuesday David Johnson
David Johnson

Strong winds were clearly keeping speeds down but there were impressive performances from Jamie Coward (126.39), Stefano Bonetti (124.48) and Brian McCormack (124.03) while Kiwi rider Jay Lawrence also again went well on the Buildbase Suzuki with a lap of 122.56mph.

There were three incidents in the Supersport class. Paul Williams came off at Governors but was reported to be unhurt while Jason Corcoran (Glen Helen) and Emmett Burke (Gooseneck) were taken to Nobles hospital with reported neck and leg injuries respectively.

TT 2019
Sidecar Qualifying

Sidecar racers got their first outing on the TT Mountain Course this year on Tuesday night after a rain interrupted schedule prevented their earlier sessions from going ahead.

The Formula Two Sidecars went out just after 2000 and there was little to choose between Ben and Tom Birchall and John Holden/Lee Cain in the early sectors on the opening lap but the latter set the best opening lap with a speed of 114.99mph.

TT Qualifying Tuesday Sidecars Holden Cain
John Holden/Lee Cain

The Birchalls slowed towards the end of the lap and finished with 111.55mph which put them fifth quickest with Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley (112.90), Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (111.89) and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (111.80mph) all slotting in ahead of them.

Two of the front runners had problems though with Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes stopping to make adjustments with Dave Molyneux/Harry Payne retiring at Laurel Bank but arguably the biggest story came from newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe, the sons of former five-time TT Race winner Nick Crowe lapping at a stunning 109.76mph on their 675cc Triumph.

Second time around and Founds/Walmsley upped their pace to 114.40mph, which was only 2.2 seconds off their best ever lap of the Mountain Course, whilst brother Alan went slightly quicker with a speed of 112.35mph. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes also clocked a 112+mph lap (112.291) at the end of the session on their second lap.

Estelle Leblond/Frank Claeys and Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde both lapped in excess of 108mph with the returning Allan Schofield, with Steve Thomas in the chair, also going well at 107.88mph. Maria Costello/Julie Canipa enjoyed a couple of laps with their best (99.369) just shy of the 100mph mark on Maria’s first full laps as a sidecar competitor.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Dean Harrison fastest on IoM TT 2019 opening day

Isle of Man TT 2019

With slight delays to allow the Mountain Course to dry, the opening session of the 2019 Isle of Man TT kicked into life, and following the solo and sidecar newcomers completing their first – speed controlled – closed road lap of the course, Lee Johnston and Ian Hutchinson lead the field out onto Glencrutchery road on their Supersport machines.

After a couple of parade laps at last year’s race meeting and victory in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT last August, John McGuinness also made his return to competitive TT action.

He first went out on the Norton 650cc Superlight machine – also his first laps in the class – before switching to the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Supersport Honda following yesterday’s news of his last-minute deal with the Batley based team who he last represented in 2014.

However, Dean Harrison was quickly on the pace – picking up where he left off from last year’s meeting, and posted the first official lap time of the meeting with 121.97mph on his Silicone Engineering Supersport bike, improving to 124.39mph on his second lap.

The Bradford rider then went out at the end of the session – his sixth Supersport lap – and posted the fastest time in every sector – to record a lap of 126.09mph – comfortably the fastest lap of the afternoon.

Dean Harrison

“I hit traffic early in the session, but it as the session went on and we got some rubber on the track. And going into windy corner I was leant right over in a straight line! However, 126 on the first night is good going.”

Although conditions were challenging with high winds on the Mountain section of the course, a number of the riders took the opportunity to get multiple laps under their belts with many completing five laps.

Michael Dunlop also showed strong early form with 123.90mph on his third lap. Conor Cummins described the conditions as ‘tricky’ but that didn’t stop the Ramsey man clocking 123.71mph on his fifth lap of the session in the Supersport class board, ahead of Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward (123.19mph) and James Hillier who nudged into the top five with 121.90. Gary Johnson – 122.55mph in sixth – described the conditions as ‘the toughest in eleven years’.

In the Lightweight class, Jamie Coward followed up his strong Supersport performance earlier in the session to top the Lightweight leader board with a best lap of 119.96mph. After the session, he revealed that the team can still make improvements, “The Kawasaki definitely showed what it’s capable of but there’s still a few things that we can improve on. It’s a fair achievement on the first day.”

Defending champion Michael Dunlop moved into second overall, with a lap of 118.52mph ahead of fellow Northern Ireland rider Paul Jordan, who showed his hand with 117.45mph.

Derek McGee, who finished runner up in last year’s race – will be looking to go one better and was fourth on the board with 116.19mph while Stefano Bonetti, fresh from his maiden international win at the North West 200, posted the fifth fastest Lightweight lap with 116.02mph – just over a second behind McGee.

Gary Johnson signalled his intentions with a 115.80mph lap, putting his injury concerns behind him to move into sixth overall for the class.

2017 Race winner Michael Rutter, posted a time of 113.60mph/19.55.660 while John McGuinness, who completed 3 laps – his fastest 111.77 – described his first laps in the class as ‘amazing’.

Maria Costello enjoyed her first closed road sidecar lap as a newcomer before clocking 109.40mph on her Paton in the Solo Lightweight class.

New Zealander Daniel Mettam came off his bike at the Black Hut in the Supersport session and was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital, but his condition was not reported to be serious.

Source: MCNews.com.au