Bradford rider Dean Harrison joined the ranks of motorcycle legends today after winning his first Isle of Man TT race in the Bikenation Lightweight TT. The 25-year-old, who earlier in the week scored his first podium finish with second place in Tuesday’s Superstock TT, dominated the race on his 650cc Kawasaki.
The Bikenation Lightweight TT success capped a fantastic week for the Harrison family, with Dean’s father Conrad, tasting glory in Saturday’s Sidecar TT. It is the first time in TT history that a father and son has won a race in the same year.
Dean Harrison commented on his race win: “I’m over the moon, I knew that I just had to get off the line and attack from the start, so that’s what I did. I saw on my first lap board that I was in first place with a 1.5 second advantage, and I received signals telling me I was pulling away.
“It was a little touch and go on the last lap as the bike was running out of fuel. After the fuel light came on I decided to ride in the slipstream of another rider to conserve fuel. The engine was cutting out a little bit but I was delighted to bring her home for my first TT win. It’s been an unbelievable week for my whole family and it’s fantastic to create a bit of history as the first father and son to win a TT race in the same year.”
Last year’s Lightweight TT winner and lap record holder, Hampshire’s James Hillier finished second – 14 seconds behind the winner – with Yorkshire’s James Cowton standing on a TT podium for the first time in third place.