TT 2018: Harrison wins Supersport race two

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 10:14 am
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Dean Harrison claimed his second TT victory on Wednesday morning as he took the honours and set a new race record in the Monster Energy Supersport Race Two.

After a slipping clutch forced him to retire when leading Saturday’s Superbike race, the 29-year-old from Bradford finally added to his 2014 Lightweight victory with a 18.671-second win over Peter Hickman on his Silicone Engineering 600 Kawasaki.

James Hillier finished a further 11.778s down on Hickman after four laps round the Mountain Course in near-perfect conditions.

Harrison’s early challenger, Michael Dunlop was hit with a 30-second penalty after speeding in the pit lane while stopping for fuel and a new rear tyre at the end of lap two.

Dunlop, on his own MD Racing Honda, was trailing Harrison by 8.330s at that point, but the penalty dropped him down to the fifth place he would eventually finish in.

Manxman Conor Cummins was fourth and Josh Brookes sixth on the McAms Yamaha.

A delighted Harrison said after the race: ’We’ve been trying all week to get a win, so I’m over the moon now to finally get it.’

’I made a few changes to the bike after Monday’s race and it was much better.’

The Bradford man had sympathy for rival Dunlop adding:’Thirty seconds is a bit harsh I feel, but they are the rules.

’I kept my head down and kept pushing - I know how strong Peter is on the last lap.’

With the Supersport trophy joining the Lightweight one in the Harrison household, Dean said: ’I’ve got to try and win a bike bike race now, starting on Friday.’

Hickman, who has now finished on the podium in the last eight TTs he has finished, said: ’It’s not my strongest class, but the Trooper Triumph goes well. Dean and Michael are just too fast for me on these 600 bikes so I’m delighted with another podium.’

Hillier added: ’I was frustrated with not finish in the top three on Monday, so I’ll sleep better tonight after that.’

Full report in TT News issue three - on sale Thursday morning.

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