Dean Harrison claims historic Lightweight TT victory

Dean Harrison won Friday morning's historic Lightweight TT Photo: Dave Kneale

Dean Harrison won Friday morning's historic Lightweight TT Photo: Dave Kneale

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Dean Harrison made a bit of history on Friday morning as he clinched his first official TT win in the three-lap Bike Nation Lightweight race.

In doing so Dean and dad Conrad, who won Saturday’s Sidecar race one, became the first father and son duo to win a TT race in the same week.

Dean clinched the latest spoils for the Bradford clan in impressive fashion bringing his RC Express Racing Kawasaki home 14.626 seconds ahead of last year’s winner James Hillier and first-time podium finisher James Cowton third.

Harrison, whose brother Adrian finished 14th in the same race, said: ‘I rode as hard as I could from the start. I knew I had to go at it from the off.’

Attack he did, 25-year-old Harrison leading almost from start to finish, apart from a blip where Hillier got briefly back in front after the pit stops at the end of lap one. Hillier and the impressive Cowton held the other top-three places for the majority with one of the pre-race favourites Ivan Lintin retiring less than three miles in at Union Mills on lap one.

Hillier was happy with second saying: ‘I cannot grumble with that. I rode the best I could. I’m genuinely made up for Dean.’

Keith Amor was three seconds back from Cowton in fourth to end his comeback year on a high. Fifth was Jamie Hamilton, with Paton-mounted Olie Linsdell rounding out the top six.

Newcomers Martin Jessopp and Danny Webb finished an impressive 10th and 12th respectively, while Douglas resident and rider liaison officer John Barton finished 17th in his sole race of the week. Fellow local favourite Dan Kneen was a non-starter as was Michael Dunlop who elected to focus on the afternoon’s six-lap Senior race.

Full report in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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