29 year old Dean was born in Bradford.
After short circuit outings in 2008 and 2009, Dean made his debut on the roads in 2010, and immediately impressed in the Irish Senior and Junior Support Championships riding for McKinstry Racing. His debut at the Isle of Man TT races came in 2011 with a best finish of 12th in the second Supersport race, an excellent result, and, still a privateer, he improved further in 2012 with three top 15 finishes around the Mountain Course, the best of which was ninth in the Superbike race when he lapped in excess of 126mph.
Soon after, he was signed by RC Express Racing with two and a half successful years following. The partnership saw them finish 11 of the 12 TT races they started – all of them inside the top 11 and six of them in the top five – and after taking second place in the 2013 Lightweight and 2014 Superstock races, Harrison claimed his first TT win with victory in the 2014 Lightweight race. A podium also came at the Ulster Grand Prix whilst Harrison and his Kawasaki’s were becoming the dominant force at Oliver’s Mount.
A move to Yamaha in 2015 didn’t quite reap the rewards he hoped for although he did claim the Scarborough Gold Cup for the first time and since switching to Silicone Engineering Racing in 2016, it’s been nothing but success for the Bradford rider.
Three podiums were taken at the 2016 TT with two more top five finishes and he was a frequent podium visitor at the Southern 100 and Scarborough, taking all of the major trophies on offer at the latter.
Continuing with the team and Kawasaki machinery in 2017, Dean took two more podiums at the TT with third in both the Superbike and Senior races, his first rostrum appearances in the Superbike class, whilst also improving his personal best lap to 132.019mph, currently the eighth quickest of all time.
Still only 29, Harrison is already one of the finest road racers currently competing and more wins and podiums are expected in 2019 and surely it’s only a matter of time before he takes his second win at the TT. Extremely happy with his team, he’s now also become a regular in the British Superstock Championship, as well as having outings in the premier Superbike category, and Harrison’s career will continue to go upwards in the forthcoming years.
Born in May 1997 in Ashford, Kent, Brad is a British motorcycle racer.
Suzuki’s British Superbike (BSB) ace Bradley Ray only passed his Module One motorcycle test iearlier this year. Riding a Suzuki SV650 which has a heady 75bhp (compared to his race bike which has about 230hp) he said: “I did my CBT earlier this year and now I’m one step closer to my licence. Hopefully I can get it done this year and be on the road in 2019.”
Ray, who had a watershed season in 2018 with two wins and a handful of podiums, has re-signed with the Buildbase Suzuki team for 2019 and took his in Peterborough on a restricted SV650. After practicing the required manoeuvres for the first part of his test, including U-turns, figures of eight, and hazard avoidance tests, it was off to the DVSA test centre for the actual exam.
He said: “Honestly, I was so nervous. I was sat waiting for my test and think I’d have been less nervous lining up at Brands Hatch again. But, to be fair, I was well prepared. I’d done a lot of training with Tom [Dunne – Shires Motorcycles Training] and practiced all the manoeuvres a lot. And the SV was the ideal bike; comfy, upright riding position, loads of steering lock, and a good throttle connection. It’s certainly easier doing a figure of eight on that than my superbike.”
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