Finishing second in Road Racing News top ten riders of the 2019 roads season is, Dunlop Senior TT winner Dean Harrison.
Enjoying more prodigious, acclaimed, priceless great International roads moments in 2019, the fast talking Bradford racer has reinforced his reputation this year as one of the most naturally gifted road racer’s of his generation.
Supersport Race 1 runner-up at the North West 200, TT 2019 saw him take his total of TT podium finishes to 16.
Consistently near the top end of the time sheets during the largely weather impacted practice week, race week began with second, fourth place finishes within the RST Superbike, opening Monster Energy Supersport races.
Two more podium finishes would follow in the second Monster Energy Supersport, Royal London 360 Superstock encounters, leading again the Team Green Kawasaki challenge.
After multiple near misses, his latest TT tenure ended in the best possible fashion by winning a drama filled Dunlop Senior race.
Taking advantage of technical gremlins for long term race leader Peter Hickman, Harrison’s late charge to the front saw him emerge victorious by over 50 seconds.
Long considered a future Senior TT Champion, you could tell how much blue riband race honours meant to the former Duke Road Race Rankings winner and employers Silicone Engineering Racing.
Back on BSB duty after TT 2019, his next road racing stint saw him back on Manx shores for the Southern 100.
You name it, Harrison achieved it back at Billown in July, taking six wins from six starts including becoming the first rider since Guy Martin to win three successive Solo Championship titles.
Photo by Rod Neill
Alongside his Southern 100 feats, July also saw secure a hat trick of yesteryear Superbike class triumph’s at the Barry Sheene Classic, which marked the return of race action at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
Reflecting on the FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix, Harrison whilst not recording a race victory still had positives a plenty to take away from competition at Dundrod.
With respected rival Peter Hickman in nigh on unbeatable, record breaking form, Harrison had to settle for second place finishes in all Superbike races, holding off tenacious race by race challenges from lead Honda runner Conor Cummins.
Additionally third within the opening Supersport race, he took his overall total of International Road Race podium’s for 2019 into almost double figures.
Arguably only surpassed performances wise in 2019 by world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman, Harrison knows what it takes to win at the major road races and without doubt he starts amongst the prime favourites for Superbike success next year at the North West 200 and TT Races.
Words by Stevie Rial