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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TT 2017: Lightweight Start List

The start list for the Lightweight race is as follows:

  1. Non Starter
  2. Ivan Lintin
  3. Martin Jessopp
  4. Michael Rutter
  5. Daniel Cooper
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Gary Johnson
  8. James Cowton
  9. Non Starter
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Stefano Bonetti
  12. Non Starter
  13. Non Starter
  14. Josh Brookes
  15. Non Starter
  16. Derek Sheils
  17. Rob Hodson
  18. Bjorn Gunnarsson
  19. Non Starter
  20. Non Starter
  21. #60 Adam Mclean
  22. #22 Michael Sweeney
  23. #28 Maria Costello
  24. #26 Xavier Denis
  25. #23 Barry Furber
  26. #25 John Barton
  27. #49 Callum Laidlaw
  28. #31 Dave Moffitt
  29. #30 Jamie Hodson
  30. #27 Craig Neve
  31. #33 Timothee Monot
  32. #37 Anthony Redmond
  33. #48 Mark Purslow
  34. #51 Ian Gardner
  35. #50 Rikki McGovern
  36. #61 Ben Rea
  37. #45 Wayne Axon
  38. #34 Chris Petty
  39. #56 Forest Dunn
  40. #44 Dominic Herbertson
  41. #59 Paul Jordan
  42. #53 Pete Murray
  43. #42 Rob Livesey
  44. #36 David Madsen-Mygdal
  45. #58 Lee Hembury
  46. #55 Alan Bud Jackson

Martin Jessopp fastest in Thursday North West 200 Supertwin practice

Martin Jessopp was the fastest rider in Thursday’s Supertwin practice session. His lap-time of 4:55.664 was faster than the time he managed on Tuesday

Michael Rutter was once again second fastest, 1.160 seconds off Jessopp’s pace. Dan Cooper put in a last minute fast lap to go third fastest ahead of Lee Johnston and Ivan Lintin. Derek Sheils was sixth fastest ahead of Adam McLean.

James Cowton ended the session in eight but his bike broke down out on track and he had to get a lift back to the pit area on the back of one of the medical team bikes. Paul Jordan rounded out the top ten fastest times in the session.

Christian Elkin was 11th fastest ahead of Michael Sweeney who also stopped out on track but early on in the session. Kris Duncan, Victor Lopez and Marty Lennon rounded out the top 15 fastest riders.

  1. Martin Jessopp 4:55.664
  2. Michael Rutter 4:56.804
  3. Dan Cooper 4:59.249
  4. Lee Johnston 5:00.626
  5. Ivan Lintin 5:00.850

TT 2017 start numbers confirmed

The start numbers for this year’s Isle of Man TT Superbike and Senior races have been confirmed, with David Johnson leading the riders away from the number one plate on the Norton.

New Zealander Bruce Anstey will leave second on his Padgetts Honda, ahead of James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson. John McGuinness moves to number five with Michael Dunlop leaving from number six on the Bennetts Suzuki ahead of Conor Cummins. Returnee Guy Martin starts eighth with Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman rounding out the top ten seeded starters.

Michael Rutter will start eleventh in front of Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston, with Dan Kneen 14th and William Dunlop 15th respectively. Josh Brookes – who is returning to the TT and riding a Norton – will start from number 16, ahead of Steve Mercer, Martin Jessopp, Dan Hegarty and Ivan Lintin.

 

 

  1. David Johnson
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. John McGuinness
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Conor Cummins
  8. Guy Martin
  9. Dean Harrison
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Michael Rutter
  12. Gary Johnson
  13. Lee Johnston
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. William Dunlop
  16. Josh Brookes
  17. Steve Mercer
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. Dan Hegarty
  20. Ivan Lintin

The 2017 race fortnight kicks off with practice on 27th May with the first race scheduled for Saturday 3rd June.

Dean Harrison on top form at Barry Sheene Festival

Dean Harrison was the form man at this year’s Barry Sheene Festival in Scarborough, taking eight victories.

The Silicone Engineering rider – who also dominated at this year’s Cock o’the North at Oliver’s Mount – was untouchable and won every race he started.

Harrison was victorious in both legs of the Supersport class, beating Ivan Lintin in the first and Daniel Hegarty in the second. Daley Mathison was on the podium in the first leg while Tom Weeden finished third in the second. In the Open class first leg, Harrison raced to a nearly seven second win over Hegarty with Mathison third again. The second leg saw Weeden pick up another podium, this time ahead of Jamie Coward.

The Modern Senior race was won by Harrison with Hegarty 5.6 seconds back in second in the first leg. Coward finished in third ahead of Mick and Mark Goodings who finished fourth and fifth respectively. The margin of victory was narrower in the second leg, this time with Harrison just three seconds clear of Hegarty, with Mick Goodings third. James Cowton won both Supertwin races beating Bradley Vicars and Peter Boast in both.

In the first leg of the Pre ’73 Classic and Denis Parkinson Classic Senior Geoff Hadwin, Craig Ridgeley, David Hebb, and Phil Stead won in their respective classes. Ridgeley, Nick Jeffries, and David Walker were the winners in the second leg. Joe Thompson won the first and second leg Modern Lightweight and Classic F2 race, beating Daniel Frear and Mick Goodings in both races. Steve and Matty Ramsden won all three Sidecar races.

Elsewhere in the Barry Sheene Trophy races – the Classic Superbike races – Harrison rounded off a successful weekend with two more wins. He beat David Bell by 19.544 seconds in the first race with Dan Kneen in third, just two tenths further back. Boast finished in fourth ahead of Mathison, Michael Hand, Mark Goodings and Martin Harrison. Vicars and Gaz Evans rounded out the top ten. In the second race Harrison was 9.992 seconds clear of Kneen while Bell finished third. Hand was fourth ahead of Stead, Martin Harnson, Mathison, Mark Goodings, Craig Robertson and Ewan Cameron.

 

Michael Dunlop crowned Solo champion at Southern 100

Following his record breaking form at this year’s Isle of Man TT, Michael Dunlop returned to the island and was crowned Solo champion at the Southern 100.

The BMW rider beat Dean Harrison in the Solo Championship race and also took victories in the Open race and the two Superbike races, enjoying a successful week at the Billown circuit.

In the Open race, Dunlop raced to a 12 second victory over Ivan Lintin with Dan Kneen finishing third on his return to racing. Jamie Coward and Dan Hegarty were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Alan Bonner, Ryan Kneen, Davy Morgan and Mark Parrett. James Cowton was the leading 600 rider home.

Darryl Tweed won the first 125/400cc race comfortably beating Dan Sayle in the process. Adrian Kershaw finished third ahead of Adam McLean, Mick Goodings and Paul Gartland. The second race in that class was won by Seamus Elliott while Tweed had to settle for second. Kershaw was third once again.

Dunlop showed he was the Superbike form man with two strong wins in the class. In the first race he beat Dan Kneen by over 25 seconds with Lintin coming home third. Elliott was fourth while Anthony Redmond finished fifth. The second race was red flagged following an incident involving Bonner. He thankfully escaped serious injury but suffered an injury to his hand. When the race restarted a number of riders opted not to take the start. Dunlop won, beating Ryan Kneen and Hegarty.

Bonner’s team-mate Lintin enjoyed success in both 250/650cc races. He beat Rob Hodson in the first with Rhys Hardistry – on a 250cc – in third. Lintin beat Cowton and Hodson in the second race.

Harrison won both Supersport races, beating Lintin by just 0.037 seconds in the first. Colin Stephenson finished third ahead of Cowton, Hodson, Brendan Fargher, and Tweed. McLean was eighth ahead of Jamie Williams and Brad Vicars. Harrison was victorious in the second race as well, this time by five seconds over Coward, Cowton, Lintin and Stephenson. The B race was won by Thomas Gottschalk with Dave Quirk second and James Hinchliffe third.

The Championship races were won by Dunlop and the Sidecar pairing of Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance. Dunlop beat Harrison and Lintin in the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen, Coward, Elliott, Hegarty, Davy Morgan, Parrett, and Redmond rounding out the top ten.

Reeves and Farrance won both Sidecar races. They beat Dave Molyneux & Dan Sayle and Ben Birchall & Tom Birchall in the first. The second race saw the Birchall partnership move up to second while TT winners John Holden & Andy Winkle finished in third.

 

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.