Four years after taking his first Isle of Man TT Race victory, the 2014 Lightweight, Dean Harrison finally added his second with the win coming in this year’s second Supersport race.
After being denied in the previous three races thus far this week – having led all three – Harrison rode perfectly in Wednesday morning’s four lap race and even though Michael Dunlop picked up a 30s penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit, the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider had already opened up an 8.3s lead.
Aided by a second lap of 129.099mph, just a fraction of a second outside Dunlop’s lap record set on Monday, the Bradford rider eventually came home 18.6s clear of Peter Hickman.
“The second win has certainly taken longer to come than I would have liked,” Harrison admitted after the race. “Everyone sets their bike differently in an effort to win and the team did make a few changes after Monday’s race which helped make the lap times faster but I felt really relaxed today too.”
“My first board said ‘P1, +3’so I kept pushing and I was pulling away roughly eight tenths of a second of 1.2s each sector which felt pretty good. I kept pushing though as you never know what can happen and we never had any plans to change the rear wheel at the pit stop – it was just a case of filling the tank to the brim and setting off down Bray Hill again.”
“When I saw ‘+22’ on my next pit board, I thought someone must have dropped some wheel spacers or something and after that, I could ease back a bit. I’ve been trying all week but the bike was faultless and after what happened in the Superbike race and then taking a second and a third, I was beginning to think it wasn’t meant to be so I’m over the moon with the win.”