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Dean Harrison aiming for a complete change of luck at North West

By Paul Lindsay

Published 21/04/2016

Dean machine: Dean Harrison has yet to finish a race at the North West
Dean machine: Dean Harrison has yet to finish a race at the North West

Bradford's Dean Harrison is already an Isle of Man TT winner and is regarded as one of pure road racing's next generation of prolific 'between the hedges' champions, but one thing he hasn't yet managed is to finished a race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

"That's right, I have never finished a race at the North West but I am aiming to change that this year," said Harrison, who has switched back to his favoured Kawasaki machinery for 2016.

Last weekend at the ill-fated Spring Cup meeting at Scarborough - which sadly claimed the life of Manxman Billy Redmayne - Harrison won both the Supersport and Senior races aboard his Silicone Engineering Team Kawasakis.

It's a favourite track for Harrison, who won last year's Scarborough Gold Cup - his only victory in a lacklustre year with Saintfield-based Mar-Train Racing.

It was a year that promised so much but delivered so little aboard Yamaha's all-new YZF-R1M machine.

Recounting his experience with the Mar-Train Yamahas, which involved a couple of confidence sapping crashes - including a serious one in the CP Hire Superstock race at the North West - the 26-year-old said: "To this day I don't know what happened.

"I fell off the Yamaha a couple of times. It was so unpredictable and that's what I really didn't like about it."

Harrison, to his credit did persevere and managed to hit 130mph at the Isle of Man TT.

Now reunited with the Kawasaki power that brought him success in 2014 with the RC Express squad, Harrison says he is looking forward to the new season.

"I am happier now than I've been for years and I'm back on a Kawasaki which makes me feel much more confident," he explained.

And as for the North West he said: "I want to go there and get loads of solid finishes. Yes if I could get on a podium I'd be over the moon. That's what I'm aiming for; that's the plan, or at least somewhere near."

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