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The Silicone Engineering team centres around Dean Harrison, who is first & foremost ‘a man of the roads’, having proven to be one of the World’s fastest racers ‘between the hedges’.
Last year was the 30 year old from Bradford’s most successful season to date, and Dean readily admits that his regular short circuit appearances in the British Superbike Championship really sharpened up his ‘roads’ performances.
Performances which include wins at the TT, UGP and S100 races.
Many BSB fans will perhaps best remember his miraculous 100mph avoidance of Tarren MacKenzie, who having stepped off his own bike, was a sitting duck in the middle of the track at Assen. How Dean got away with that remains a mystery to this day – but it certainly made him an instant hero!
Whilst on the ‘roads’, his battle with Peter Hickman in last years record breaking Senior TT was surely one of the most exciting races the Island has seen for many a year. The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider effectively led the 6 lap race all the way. That is, until Hickman, in a remarkable last lap ‘come back’, which included an absolute lap record of 135.452mph (and the first Official lap over 135 mph), took victory from Harrison in the last 10 miles! Interestingly whilst Dean missed out on the outright lap record, he had during the Superbike race, run earlier in the week, recorded an Official lap record for that class at 134.432mph, before retiring from the race. And whilst the record books will never show it, Unofficially, Dean was the first ever 135mph man! ( Sector timings showing Lap 1 Glen Helen – Lap 2 Glen Helen, was 16min 43.890sec, 135.302mph).
However one record he does hold is one he shares with his dad, Conrad, when in 2014 they became the first father/son to win a race at TT in same year. Dean winning Supertwins race, Conrad, the sidecar)