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Dean Harrison on form at Cock O’The North

Following his domination at the Spring Cup in April, Dean Harrison was once again the man to beat at Oliver’s Mount. The Silicone Engineering rider took seven wins – including the feature race – at the Cock O’The North meeting last weekend.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first Junior race, beating Adam McLean by eight and a half seconds. Jamie Coward joined the pair on the podium. He followed that up by winning the Solo Open and the Senior. Ivan Lintin and McLean were the podium finishers in the Solo Open race. Daley Mathison and Lintin were second and third in the Senior race. Harrison also won the second leg of both races. There were podiums for Mathison in both while Lintin and McLean were third and second in the Senior and Junior races respectively.

The Cock O’The North feature race saw Harrison cross the line just over three seconds clear of Harrison. McLean rounded off a successful weekend of racing with his fifth podium of the meeting. Coward was fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Daniel Frear, Brian Greenfield, Darren Cooper and James Cowton.

Elsewhere Joey Thompson was victorious in both Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight races. In both races he was joined on the podium by Rhys Hardistry and Frear – Hardistry second in race one and Frear second in race two.

Lintin took the win in both Super Lightweight races. It was a narrow victory in race one, beating Cowton by just nine tenths of a second while McLean was 1.4 seconds off the winner. In the second leg the gap was smaller still – down to seven tenths – while Bradley Vicars joined the leading two on the podium.

Joining the riders winning more than one race were Steven Haddow and David Bell. Haddow won both Junior B races beating Ben Shuttlewood and Russell Brook in both. The winning margin was just over a second in both races. Bell won both Classic Superbike races. He beat Peter Boast and Daniel Ingham in both. Paul Marley won the Solo Open B race beating Haddow and Shuttlewood. Brian Greenfield beat Haddow and Marley in the Solo Open B race.

In the Sidecar class it was two out of three for the Steve and Matty Ramsden partnership. They won the second and third race. Lee Crawford and Harry Payne beat the Ramsdens by four tenths of a second in race one. John and Jake Lowther were third. In race two the Ramsdens beat the Lowthers while Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle joined them on the podium. This result was replicated in race three.

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Dean Harrison cleans up at Cock o’the North

Dean Harrison was the clear dominant force at last weekend’s racing at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, retaining the Cock o’the North title for the third year running.

He took seven wins from seven starts including winning the feature Cock o’the North race. Other winners over the two day event included Ivan Lintin, Paul Owen and Bradley Vicars.

While the Kells Road Races in Ireland were called off due to adverse weather conditions, the racing at Scarborough went full steam ahead with 22 races run over the two days. Silicone Engineering rider Harrison arrived at the event off the back of a successful fortnight at the Isle of Man TT which yielded podium finishes and second place in the Joey Dunlop Championship.He also came into the weekend having taken a hat-trick of victories at the Spring Cup earlier in the year.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first leg of the Junior A race, beating Daley Mathison by a comfortable ten seconds with James Cowton third. Mick Goodings and Barry Evans completed the top five. In the corresponding Junior B race Vicars took his first victory of the meeting, also by ten seconds, with Kevin De Frenne second and Gary Graves in third. It was the same duo winning the second legs of each race, with Tom Weeden joining Harrison and Mathison on the podium for the A race. Robin Howells was third in Junior B.

There was another win for Harrison in the Solo Open A race, beating Lintin and Mathison as Callum Ward won the B race. De Frenne was on the podium again and the leading two were joined by Laurent Hoffmann on the podium. Again Harrison doubled up, winning the second leg ahead of Lintin and Mathison. Vicars won the second leg of the B race ahead of Ward and De Frenne.

In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Phil Stead shared the spoils with a win each in the two races. Owen beat Daniel Frear by 9.4 seconds in race one with Justin Waring in third. Stead won the second by 19.6 seconds over Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland. Ian Lougher was victorious in the Ultra Lightweight class ahead of Tony Flinton, Phil Harvey and Ian Stanford. Owen beat Stead and Raymond Tulett in Classic F2. In the second leg, Stead was the overall winner from Owen and Lougher.

Super Lightweight – or Supertwins as they are more commonly known – was won by Lintin in both legs, fresh off the back of his second TT victory in the class. He beat James Cowton by nearly half a minute with Julian Tillotson third. Adam Child was just three tenths further back in fourth ahead of Weeden in fifth. Cowton joined Lintin on the podium for the second leg, this time with Jamie Coward third.

There was a win for Coward in Classic Superbike F1, ahead of David Bell and Peter Boast in race one. In the second leg he beat Boast and Mark Goodings, with Vicars in fourth.

Elsewhere Dave Wallis and Harry Payne won two of three F2 Sidecar races. It was the narrowest of margins – 0.021s – over Steve and Matty Ramsden in the first leg, with Lee Crawford and Sam Christie in third. The Ramsden partnership won the second race ahead of Wallis and Payne with Crawford and Christie again in third. In the third leg Crawford and Christie moved into second ahead of Dean Lindley and Rob Bell.

For Harrison there were further wins in both Senior races and the feature Cock o’the North race. The first leg of the Senior race – held over five laps – saw him beat Lintin by 6.9 seconds with Mathison third. The second leg featured the same podium although Harrison’s advantage was stretched to 17.2 seconds. The Grand Final was an 8.8 second victory over Lintin, with Mathison a further seven seconds back. Alan Bonner finished in fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Cowton, Weeden, Coward, Vicars and Jamie Williams.

The Barry Sheene Festival will be held at the circuit on 23rd and 24th July.

2016: Isle of Man TT Round-Up

The 2016 Isle of Man TT is one that will not be forgotten in a hurry. Conditions were ideal on the Island meaning lap records were smashed – both unofficially in practice and officially during the race.

Michael Dunlop completed the first sub 17 minute lap of the Mountain course and a lap of 133.962mph! The Ulster Grand Prix can sleep easy for now, however, as the world’s fastest road race title still belongs to them as Dunlop narrowly missed their fastest lap which stands at 133.977mph.

It was a TT that saw Ian Hutchinson and Dunlop go head-to-head as the pair battled for supremacy.

It was 1-0 to Dunlop following the first race. The pair had been swapping fast lap times during practice week – Dunlop in the Superbike class and Hutchinson blitzing the field on his Superstock. Dunlop won the opening Superbike race – even completing a 133.393mph lap from a standing start – with nearly a 20 second advantage over Hutchinson. John McGuinness completed the podium on his 20th anniversary of racing at the TT.

Then it was advantage Hutchinson for a few races. The most successful man in the Supersport class at the TT continued his form from last year by winning both races in the class again this year. The first one saw him cruise to a 14 second victory over Dunlop, although the Ballymoney man was later disqualified. Dean Harrison was then awarded second – 38 seconds down on the leader – with James Hillier in third. It was the same trio in the winner’s enclosure following the Superstock race with Hutchinson victorious once again.

The second Supersport race win saw Hutchinson draw level with Mike Hailwood in terms of TT victories – both riders on 14. He this time beat Dunlop by 17.5 seconds with Harrison again on the podium.

On Wednesday Ivan Lintin became a two time TT winner after another Lightweight win. It was a battle between himself and Hillier, the latter of the pair leading the race for the first lap and a half. The eventual winning margin for Lintin was just over 12 seconds with Hillier in second. The battle for third was close fought with any one of Gary Johnson, Martin Jessopp and Stefano Bonetti possible podium finishers. A slow stop compromised Johnson and it was Jessopp who got his first ever TT podium. Bonetti finished a career best fifth at the TT – his previous best having been 12th.

Bruce Anstey – who was riding with an injury following an off in practice – continued his TT podium record by securing victory in the TT Zero race. He has had at least one podium at every TT since his debut in 2002. Just seven riders started TT Zero with five finishers. Anstey beat William Dunlop – also injured from a practice accident – and Daley Mathison, another first time podium finisher. Race favourite John McGuinness was fourth ahead of Allann Venter.

In the Sidecar class the partnerships of John Holden and Andrew Winkle, and Ben and Tom Birchall were both successful. Holden and Winkle won the first Sidecar race although it had been the Birchall’s race to lose before they unfortunately retired on the last lap. Brothers Peter and Alan Founds both finished on the podium in the first race with their respective passengers of Jevan Walmsley and Aki Aalto. There was success for the Birchall pairing in race two, however, as they made it to the end and won.  They beat Holden and Winkle, with Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance joining them on the podium.

After all that it was time for the big one – the Senior TT. It was advantage Dunlop all the way as he stormed to victory. The lead was nearly two seconds at Glen Helen on the first lap and while it fluctuated throughout the race it ultimately grew. It was McGuinness’ team who pulled out all the stops in the pits, but it was not enough to do anything to stop Dunlop who won by 31 seconds in the end. Hutchinson was second with McGuinness in third. Harrison was just outside the top three, finishing fourth, ahead of Anstey, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston, James Hillier and Ivan Lintin who completed the top ten.

It wasn’t a week without sadness as four competitors lost their lives at this year’s TT. Sidecar riders Dwight Beare and Ian Bell died following incidents in race one and two respectively. Beare’s passenger Benjamin Binns has been transferred to Liverpool hospital with leg injuries. Bell’s passenger – and son – Carl Bell was reported to be uninjured.

Paul Shoesmith – a team owner and racer – lost his life during a practice lap following racing on the first Saturday. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Spirit of the TT’ award which was presented to his family.  Andrew Soar also died following an incident in the Senior TT.  Thoughts remain with the families and friends of those we have lost.

Hutchinson wrapped up the Joey Dunlop Championship, while Dan Hegarty won the Privateers, and Holden and Winkle the Sidecars.

Not even a week after the dust settled at the Isle of Man TT, many riders will be in action this weekend at the Kells Road Races in Ireland and the Cock O’The North at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

Mar-Train Racing confirm Dean Harrison split

The Mar-Train Racing team has confirmed that they will part company with Dean Harrison ahead of the 2016 season.

A statement posted on the team’s website revealed that team boss Tim Martin had agreed to release Harrison from his contract early, to allow the rider to “take up an alternative offer”. Harrison has been one of the stars on the roads in recent years with wins at the Isle of Man TT, Southern 100, and Cock O’the North to his name, along with many other impressive results.

At the end of last year he parted company with RC Express – a team with which he had had an association with since 2012 – to join Mar-Train full time. The team became the official Yamaha UK road racing team for 2015 and endured a tricky year as they developed the new YZF-R1M. Team boss Tim Martin credited Harrison with the work he has carried out in developing the bike over the course of the 2015 season. “Dean has been instrumental in getting the new R1M to where it is now,” he explained. “[He] has been a pleasure to work with over the past two years. He is a talented young rider and needs to follow his own aspirations, I wish him all the best and would have no hesitation in working with him again in the future.”

The team hope to confirm their plans for next year in the coming week. “Our commitment to Yamaha UK and the YZF-R1M project remains intact,” he concluded. “We made a lot of progress throughout 2015 and are looking forward to reaping the benefits with a successful 2016.”

Two for Dean Harrison at truncated Cock O’the North races in Scarborough

Dean Harrison was victorious in two races at last weekend’s Cock O’The North race meeting at the Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough.

The event already had racing compressed to one day to road closure restrictions and had been due to feature 12 races but only five took place following a huge oil spill in the Sidecar race.

First up were the Lightweights and Super Lightweights. Ivan Lintin took victory in the Lightweight class, beating James Cowton and Jamie Coward – a replication of the podium in the same class at last week’s Southern 100. Alistair Haworth took a commanding win in the Super Lightweight class, finishing over 30 seconds clear of Daniel Frear with Tony Flinton in third. In what was supposed to be the first leg of the Senior class Harrison was victorious, beating Lintin and Lee Johnston. Daley Mathison was fourth ahead of Cowton, Mick Goodings, Mark Goodings, Darren Cooper, Dave Hewson, and Julian Tillotson. Harrison doubled up with a win in the Supersport class as well, this time beating Johnston and Tom Weeden.

In the Classic F1 & F2 race Coward won the F1 class ahead of David Bell with Paul Coward in third. Paul Owen won the F2 class beating Rhys Hardistry and Phil Holmes. In the final race of the day, which resulted in the oil spill, Ian and Carl Bell won the Sidecars ahead of Conrad Harrison with passenger Lee Patterson. Dean Lindley and Rob Bell completed the rostrum positions.

The oil spill proved to be too big to clean up and with rider safety a paramount, the rest of the days racing was called off.

Ivan Lintin signs two year deal with RC Express Racing

RC Express Racing has today announced a two-year deal with Ivan Lintin.

Lintin – who dominated this year’s Scarborough Gold Cup meeting and was the 2014 TT Privateers Champion – will ride for the team at the International road races in 2015 and 2016. He will ride a pair of ZX-10R Kawasakis in the Superbike and Superstock classes and a ER6 Kawasaki in the Lightweight events. Lintin has gone particularly well in the Supertwin/Lightweight classes in the past, winning at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix and finishing on the podium at the North West 200.

“I’m delighted to be joining RC Express Racing,” Lintin said of the news. “It’s a fabulous opportunity for me, and one I’m determined to grab with both hands. I’ve been really pleased with me results and progression over the last two years and joining forces with RC Express will enable me to progress to the next level. As soon as talks between Ben, Roy and myself started it didn’t take long for everything to fall into place and you only have to look at what they’ve achieved with Dean [Harrison] to see that they’ve firmly established themselves as a major force to be reckoned with.”

Harrison recently announced a move to Mar-Train Racing for 2015 while Lintin also split with his team Taylor Lindsey Racing. Harrison took his first Isle of Man TT victory this year, racing for RC Express Racing in the Lightweight class. Team owner Ben Constable explained why it was the right choice to sign Lintin to replace their departing rider.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ivan to the team and to sign him up for the next two years is brilliant news for all concerned,” Constable said. “He was the ideal candidate to take over from Dean and we’ve seen at close quarters these last two years how good he is and how much he’s improved as a rider. He’s got a very sensible head on his shoulders, ideal for the road races, and he goes about his business in the right way. He knows when to push and when not to push, again crucial for the roads. His results this year speak for themselves. He’s getting quicker and quicker and stronger and stronger with each and every outing and we’re confident of giving him the tools and platform to move to the next level. He’s been extremely strong in the Supersport class and, whilst we’ve yet to finalise our plans, we’ll hopefully have him riding for us in the 600cc class too. We’re all eagerly looking forward to get cracking and can’t wait for the 2015 season to get underway.”

2015 will be Lintin’s first on a Superbike and the Lincolnshire rider is looking forward to it. “The team set-up will enable me just to concentrate on my riding, something that I haven’t been able to do previously, and I’m confident I’ll be able to repay the faith Ben and Roy have shown in me,” Lintin revealed. “I’ll be looking to finish in the top ten at all of the International road races. I’d also like to thank everyone at Taylor Lindsey Racing for all their support over the last two seasons.” Lintin will ride at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200, and Ulster Grand Prix as well as the Southern 100 and all three events at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough- the Ian Watson Spring Cup, Cock o’the North and the International Gold Cup.

Dean Harrison retains Cock o’the North title

Dean Harrison has retained the Cock o’the North title with a comfortable eight second victory over Ivan Lintin. Lee Johnston finished the feature race in third place after a close battle with Lintin and James Cowton. Cowton high sided his bike but walked away uninjured.

Harrison had already dominated proceedings on the first day of racing, taking four victories. Racing resumed on Sunday with the Senior Superbike race up first. Harrison had pole and romped away to victory beating Lintin and Johnston who snatched third place away from Daley Mathison on the final lap. The B race was won by Paul Gartland who beat Darren Cooper and Rad Hughes. Saturday’s winner of that race, Gareth Keys, raced in Race A and finished ninth. The third race of the day was the third and final leg of the Supertwins class, this time won by Lintin. Harrison and Lintin raced each other hard but the former fell off his bike on the seventh lap, thankfully uninjured. In the end Lintin was victorious ahead of Cowton and Craig Shirlaw. Alistair Haworth won the Super Lightweight class comfortably from Justin Waring and Sam Johnson.

Next up were the Sidecars and this race was once again dominated by Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson who won both of the corresponding races on Saturday. They once again beat the father/son pairing of Ian and Carl Bell albeit by just 0.051s. Dean Lindley and Robert Bell finished 14 seconds down in third. Dean Harrison started from pole position for the second leg of the Supersport race but it was Cowton who led after the first lap. Harrison soon got back in front and went on to win by eight seconds with Daniel Frear in third. In the B race it was Shirlaw who won beating James Hinchcliffe and Chris Smith.

Next up was the main event – the Cock o’the North feature race – which saw Lintin starting from pole but Harrison took the early lead. He took his second Cock o’the North title (which he first won last year) beating Lintin and Johnston. Harrison proceeded to pull off the grid at the end of the warm-up lap for the penultimate race of the day, the final leg of the Supertwins. It was won by Lintin and he was joined on the podium by Cowton and Frear. The final race of the meeting was the last Sidecar race but it was missing the Harrison/Patterson partnership after they pulled off following the warm-up lap. The race was won by the Bell duo who beat Lindley/Bell and Carl Fenwick & Dean Kilkenny.

Next up on the road racing calendar are the Armoy Road Races.