About Dean... the story so far

ABOUT DEAN... THE STORY SO FAR

Road racing is in Dean’s blood, literally; his father, Conrad is a famed sidecar racer, with 11 TT podium finishes to his name. It’s on the roads where Dean wants to be remembered as one of the greatest – and with a 134.9mph lap recorded at the Isle of Man in 2018, and the senior TT title won in 2019, it seems like this boy from Bradford could well end up doing just that

DEAN’S BIOGRAPHY

Born in Bradford in 1989, Dean Harrison isn’t your stereotypical sportsman. Because, unlike so many, Dean wasn’t riding bikes before he could walk. He wasn’t dragging his parents around the country to compete in age group races when he was still at primary school.

In fact, it wasn’t until his first year at Hanson School, Bradford that the interest in road racing that his sidecar racing dad, Conrad, had instilled in him, began to grow. Although even then, that interest was restricted to following race results, plastering his bedroom wall with posters of his favourite riders (David Jefferies, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey should you be interested), and riding a Yamaha DT50 in fields around the back of Leeds Bradford Airport.

Astonishingly, it wasn’t until 2007, when 18-year old Dean (who by then was working as a mechanic in Shipley, West Yorkshire) bought his first racing bike.

He competed in his first race, the Auto 66 at Elvington, North Yorkshire, three months later; and from that second placed finish a career that not even Dean had anticipated was born.

Competing at the Isle of Man TT

Just four years after that first race, Dean was competing in his first Isle of Man TT, posting a very credible 122mph and securing a 12th place finish. And in 2014 – just seven years after buying that first racing bike – he topped the podium at the world’s most famous road race for the first time.

In 2019 Dean etched his name forever in road racing history by winning the big TT race – the Isle of Man Senior TT. This at the end of a weather hampered fortnight during which he’d also achieved another three podium finishes.

Dean rides for Kirkby-Lonsdale based Silicone Racing, and extended his stay with them for an additional two years after the end of the 2018 season. In addition in 2019, Dean and Silicone are Kawasaki’s official road racing team. Dean is also competing in the British Superbikes Series – a competition he feels adds to his speed on road, as well as increases his standing and profile amongst the best riders in the world.

Dean Harrison - Isle of Man 2019 TT Winner
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Career Highlights

ISLE OF MAN TT

3 wins (2014 Lightweight TT race, 2018 Supersport TT, 2019 Senior TT)
4 classic wins
10 + podium finishes
Lap record 134.9mph

ULSTER GRAND PRIX

Prix: 5+ podium finishes

SOUTHERN 100

2 solo championship wins
10+ podium finishes

INTERNATIONAL NORTHWEST

5+ podium finishes

MACAU GP

5th and 9th place finishes