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harrison triumphs in senior to make it three TT wins

Dean Harrison secured his third TT win and a first in the blue riband Senior event when he took victory in today’s six-lapper on the Isle of Man.

Harrison, 30, inherited the lead on lap five after long-time leader Peter Hickman suffered overheating problems.

The Bradford rider finished 53 seconds ahead of Hickman, with Manx rider Conor Cummins third, a further five seconds back.

Harrison had finished second to Hickman in three previous races this week.

Lincolnshire rider Hickman had built up a lead of 17.6 seconds by the end of lap four. The Smiths Racing pilot, who had won the Superbike, Supersport race two and Superstock races, completed the first lap at an average 134.284mph, the fastest of the race.

Harrison trailed by two seconds after lap one, by eight after lap two and was 12 seconds adrift at the conclusion of the third lap as Hickman looked to be easing to victory.

“I’m over the moon. You never know in this race, anything can happen here. I just kept going at the same pace,” said Harrison.

“I kind of lost my momentum midweek but I started to get it back on Thursday when we ran all those races.

“To do it over a full distance – six laps with two pit-stops – makes it very special. Conditions were spot on and a special thanks to all the crowd. Without them on the hedges it wouldn’t be the same – they make the whole thing special,” added the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider.

Harrison’s previous triumphs came in the 2014 Supertwins race and the second Supersport outing 12 months ago after accumulating nine second-place finishes before delivering Kawasaki’s first Senior TT win since 1975.

Hickman said after the race: “The bike had been awesome but the temperature was going really high … I had to ride round at half throttle, it was hard work. They seemed to take forever the last two laps. All credit to Dean, he’s got the big bike win he was after.

“It’s swings and roundabouts, I’m happy to get another podium.”

Tyco BMW rider Michael Dunlop, Kawasaki-mounted James Hillier and Davey Todd made up the top six.

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