Today’s featured image in Road Racing News, The Story Behind The Picture series showcases Dean Harrison’s sole International roads success with Mar Train Racing.
Dominant throughout the 2015 Gold Cup meeting, Oliver’s Mount maestro Harrison powered to Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup success for the first time, keeping at bay the challenges of RC Express Racing’s Ivan Lintin, East Coast Racing’s Lee Johnston.
Having encountered challenging moments a plenty throughout 2015, with Yamaha’s new YZF-R1M mount, you could sense how much Gold Cup success meant to the Bradford racer, and the always hard working Mar Train crew.
Standing near the rostrum that day, as the podium celebrations ensued, there was no inclination, not even a hint that changes were a foot within the Mar Train squad, for the 2016 roads season, and that this was Harrison’s final roads outing with the former British Supersport champions.
Just over a month later, on the 22nd of October, it was announced that 2014 Lightweight TT winner Harrison had parted company with the factory Yamaha supported squad.
Although as aforementioned there had been challenging moments throughout 2015, the news still came as a shock to many within the closed roads fraternity, who hadn’t anticipated that Harrison would seek pastures new.
Now over three and a half years on, the decision made by Harrison to make a bold switch to Silicone Engineering Racing, has been proven to be correct and some.
At a glance just some of the highlights so far of his prodigious partnership with Silicone Engineering Racing, has included back to back Southern 100 Solo Championship victories, 2016 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup success.
Monster Energy Supersport TT success, multiple Superbike Classic TT triumph’s, plus setting in 2017 at Dundrod, a new outright Ulster GP lap record of 134.614 mph.
Words by Stevie Rial