Following the news that he had parted company with Mar-Train ahead of the 2016 road racing season, Dean Harrison has put pen to paper and signed a two year deal with Silicone Engineering Racing.
He will compete at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200, and the Ulster Grand Prix as well as at selected British Superbike rounds.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have Dean come on board and join us for the next two years,” Team Manager Paul Iddon revealed. “It is a massive opportunity for Silicone Engineering Racing to take the step to another level and push the team to new heights. We’re a relatively new team to road racing and with Dean’s success and stature within the sport we can really grow our brand name and achieve big things in the next couple of years.”
Harrison has tasted international victory before, winning the 2014 Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT with RC Express Racing. He raced for Mar-Train in 2015 and endured a difficult year with the new R1, although enjoyed a number of podiums and wins most notably at the Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough. “As soon as I met Paul and the rest of the team and saw the set-up from the bike preparation to the calibre of the other riders and their knowledge, I knew it was a great opportunity to join a team on the up,” Harrison revealed. “The flexibility of how the team is run was another plus for me as I can really have an influence on key decisions on the bike, which I believe will take me to greater levels and hopefully bring success to the team.”
The team are still considering their options as to which bikes they will run in 2016. Russ Mountford rode Kawasakis for them this season.