Dean Harrison gave Kawasaki their first Senior TT victory since Mick Grant in 1975 when he took Friday’s six-lap race after Peter Hickman ran into trouble in the closing two laps.
The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider looked like he’d have to settle for second place for the fourth time this week when Hickman opened up an 18s lead but he took full advantage of his rival’s misfortune to take his third TT victory following on from his 2014 Lightweight and 2018 Supersport success.
“When I sat in second and Pete had a 15s advantage, I knew I was pretty much at my maximum but I just maintained the pace as you never know what can happen around here,” he said afterwards.
“It would have been easy to settle for second but it’s easy to lose your concentration if you relax so I just kept pushing and pushing at a pace I felt comfortable with.
I was safe in second but I started to see the gap come down on my pit board and thought Pete must have run into trouble when I saw P1 and my lead started increasing.”
Harrison took the lead for the first time at Ramsey on the penultimate lap and although he didn’t have the pace to match Hickman in the early stages, he was all too aware of the old adage that to finish first, first you must finish.
“Hector Neill hit the nail on the head when he said that if you’re going to win a race, you’ve got to finish first and it’s good to win a proper six-lap race with pit stops. I came out of the blocks in practice but with all the delays and cancellations, I lost my way a bit during race week.
Thursday’s races allowed me to get some momentum back and I tried to put Pete under some pressure but he was again stronger over the Mountain than me and edged away.
“I’ve got the bottom part of the circuit pretty nailed but it’s definitely my achilles heel up there and I’ll definitely need to do some more research over the winter.”