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family double makes TT history

Bradford rider Dean Harrison joined the ranks of motorcycle legends today after winning his first Isle of Man TT race in the Bikenation Lightweight TT. The 25-year-old, who earlier in the week scored his first podium finish with second place in Tuesday’s Superstock TT, dominated the race on his 650cc Kawasaki.

The Lightweight success capped a fantastic week for the Harrison family, with Dean’s father Conrad, tasting glory in Saturday’s Sidecar TT. It is the first time in TT history that a father and son has won a race in the same year.

Dean Harrison commented on his race win: “I’m over the moon, I knew that I just had to get off the line and attack from the start, so that’s what I did. I saw on my first lap board that I was in first place with a 1.5 second advantage, and I received signals telling me I was pulling away.

It was a little touch and go on the last lap as the bike was running out of fuel. After the fuel light came on I decided to ride in the slipstream of another rider to conserve fuel. The engine was cutting out a little bit but I was delighted to bring her home for my first TT win. It’s been an unbelievable week for my whole family and it’s fantastic to create a bit of history as the first father and son to win a TT race in the same year.”

Last year’s Lightweight TT winner and lap record holder, Hampshire’s James Hillier finished second – 14 seconds behind the winner – with Yorkshire’s James Cowton standing on a TT podium for the first time in third place.

Picture: Double Red

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