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In pictures: Dean Harrison notches up Southern 100 double as it's frustration for Michael Dunlop on the Isle of Man

 

Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), winner of the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race.
Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), winner of the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race.
Leading man: Dean Harrison was the winner of the Senior race ahead of Michael Dunlop
10/07/2019: Michael Evans (600 Honda/Wilcock Consulting) and Nathan Harrison (600 Suzuki/Chris Preston) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Jamie Coward (600 Yamaha/Prez Racing) leads Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Michael Dunlop (600 Honda/MD Racing) a retirement during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Jamie Coward (600 Yamaha/Prez Racing) leads Michael Evans (600 Honda/Wilcock Consulting) and Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) flanked by Jamie Coward (1000 Yamaha/Prez Racing) and Michael Dunlop (1000 Tyco B.M.W. Motorrad), the top three in the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Jamie Coward (1000 Yamaha/Prez Racing) at Castletown corner during the the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) at Castletown corner during the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) at Castletown Corner during the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) gets the hole shot at the start of the Southern 100 Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Michael Dunlop (600 Honda/MD Racing) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Dominic Herbertson at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Michael Evans (600 Honda/Wilcock Consulting) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Jamie Coward (1000 Yamaha/Prez Racing) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
09/07/2019: Dean Harrison (1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
Michael Dunlop in action at the Southern 100.
09/07/2019: Jamie Coward (1000 Yamaha/Prez Racing) at Church Bends during Tuesday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
08/07/2019: Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha) at Iron Gate during Monday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
08/07/2019: Michael Dunlop (600 Honda/MD Racing) in the Southern 100 paddock preparing for Monday evening's Southern 100 qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: An incident at Ballabeg during the Southern 100 Ace Hire Sidecar Race caused the race to be red flagged. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dominic Herbertson (650 Kawasaki/RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing) winner of the Southern 100 Mike Kerruish Plumbing and heating 650cc Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: The top three in the Southern 100 Mike Kerruish Plumbing and heating 650cc Race, winner Dominic Herbertson (650 Kawasaki/RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing) with Rob Hodson (650 Kawasaki) and Jonathan Perry (650 Kawasaki). PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dominic Herbertson (650 Kawasaki/RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 Mike Kerruish Plumbing and heating 650cc Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Jamie Coward (650 Kawasaki/KTS Racing) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 Mike Kerruish Plumbing and heating 650cc Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Jonathan Perry (650 Kawasaki) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 Mike Kerruish Plumbing and heating 650cc Race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha), winner of the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Dean Harrison (600 Silicone Engineering Yamaha) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.
10/07/2019: Michael Evans (600 Honda/Wilcock Consulting) at Castetown corner during the Southern 100 JCK 600cc Race one. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.

By Roy Harris

There was double delight for Dean Harrison on the first evening of racing at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man last night.

The English racer scooped first spot in both the Senior and Supersport races on a frustrating night for Michael Dunlop.

Dunlop, on board the Tyco BMW, had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Silicone Engineering Kawasaki-mounted Harrison in the Senior, and was a first-lap retirement in Supersport.

In the opening Ellan Vannin seven-lap Senior, Harrison led from start to finish.

He set the fastest lap of 114.019mph - just shy of the lap record - on the fifth lap to beat Dunlop by 10.504 seconds, with Jamie Coward a further 15.363 seconds behind the Ulsterman.

Harrison said afterwards: "That was a faultless race and the bike was spot on. There is more to come if we need it."

Dunlop was a tad more subdued than the victor.

"I didn't get away great and got held up a bit. The bike is not doing what I want it to do, but we will have to deal with what we got," he said.

Rob Hodson was quickly into second from the second row of the grid, which pushed Dunlop back to third off the start, and by the time the Tyco BMW regained the place Harrison was 3.8 seconds ahead at the end of lap one.

The race was basically over as the Bradford man extended his advantage to five and a half seconds going onto lap three, steadily pulling away from Dunlop lap by lap until the chequered flag.

Hodson dropped back to finish in fourth, eight seconds behind Coward, with Ryan Kneen a fraction of a second behind. Newcomer Sam West was sixth.

The seven-lap Supersport race was a much fiercer contest between Coward and Harrison as they circulated in close company with a tenth of a second separating them for most of the race.

Dunlop, who started third on the grid, was in trouble from the off and cruised around the first lap to retire the MD Racing Honda at the paddock.

Coward fended off Harrison for the opening four laps with a cigarette paper between them as they flashed past the line to start lap five.

Harrison hit the front next time around, but couldn't shake Coward off, 0.4 seconds between them going onto the last lap.

Although Coward set the fastest lap of the race on the final circuit at 110.304mph, Harrison collected his second win of the evening to make it 20 wins at the S100. He is now third in the all-time wins list, one behind Dunlop.

Third went to Michael Evans, from Nathan Harrison, Dominic Herbertson and Michael Sweeney.

Herbertson won a cracking 650cc race by 0.020 seconds from Hodson after six frantic laps, the sixth closest finish in the history of the S100.

Coward led the race for two laps and seemed to be on his way to victory but he lost the front end at Church Bends and slid out of the action unhurt.

Standing in for the injured Paul Jordan in the RC Express Dafabet Devitt team, Herbertson was neck-and-neck with Hodson throughout, some 24 seconds clear of Jonathan Perry in third.

Herbertson said: "I saw Jamie (Coward) go down and he rolled around like a hedgehog, but he was quickly back on his feet. The bike was exceptional throughout and it was a great battle with Rob."

A scintillating Supersport 'B' race saw Lee Hembury come through from ninth on the first lap of six to win by three quarters of a second from Frank Stennett.

Racing continues this morning from 9.50am to 12.30pm and then from 1.50pm until 4.30pm.

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