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Dean Harrison revved up for big test in North West 200

By Paul Lindsay

Dean Harrison has just put the finishing touches to a third successful pre-season test in preparation for Martrain Racing's shot at next month's 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200.

Harrison rode the new R1 and the R6 machines at Kirkistown this week in the Saintfield squad's latest livery.

"We are working on the superbike now, trying to get it sorted." Harrison said.

"The stocker is ready to go, I could race it tomorrow and I know the R6 after last year so we are going good."

After taking part in the official Yamaha Motors Europe test at Alcarras in northern Spain, Martrain have enjoyed extensive tests at Kirkistown.

Martrain - spearheading Yamaha UK's international road racing assault - have been using the experience of top Ulster rider Jeremy McWilliams to help develop their new Superstock and Superbike R1M's.

Harrison will have his first race outing on the bike at the Scarborough Spring Cup on April 11-12.

Following three highly successful seasons which saw the Lisburn outfit notch up 24 British Supersport race wins and two international road race victories, including Yamaha's first British Supersport title in 13 years, husband and wife duo Tim and Sonya Martin are fully focused on delivering the all new YZF R1M its maiden road race victory.

"It has been a challenging few months to be honest," Team Principal Tim Martin said.

"A new model of bike brings its own difficulties in acquiring parts and trying to be race ready in time.

"Yamaha UK have been instrumental in getting us to this point so we cannot thank Karl Radley and the team enough, along with the data collected at the YME test we have achieved a lot in a short space of time.

"We have switched to Ohlins suspension for 2015 as well which meant we also had to develop the supersport bike.

"We have been lucky enough however to have Ohlins present at the tests giving us full support.

"Employing Jeremy to help Dean develop all three machines has accelerated the whole process for us - his experience and development work is unparalleled and is something we aim to avail of throughout the season.

"It has been hard work but very rewarding to see the new R1 on track for the first time in full livery.

"It isn't the finished article just yet but to be so far on ahead of the first race of a two-year programme is extremely encouraging."

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