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Triple British Supersport champion Karl Harris to make TT debut

'I've always wanted to do the TT, I just never had the opportunity so it is really something to look forward to' - Karl Harris
Three-time British Supersport champion and former top BSB star Karl Harris will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in June.

Harris, from Sheffield, will ride a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races for the Lancashire-based SMT Racing team, which has been an established outfit in British Superbikes for the past six years.

The 32-year-old is vastly experienced having won the European Superstock Championship in 1999 before spending a year in the World Supersport class.

Harris has also competed on factory machinery for Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda in BSB and won three British Supersport titles between 2001 and 2004.

SMT Honda team owner Robin Croft is a fan of road racing and has worked with Michael Rutter and John McGuinness in the past.

Harris, who recently visited the Isle of Man for a look around the Mountain course, said: “It's properly exciting. I've done a few laps now with 'Milky' [Richard Quayle, TT Rider Liaison Officer] and the place is awesome but you've got to treat it with the respect it deserves.

“I've got a long association with Robin and the boys at SMT so it's great to do this for the first time with a team I know and trust. I've always wanted to do the TT just never had the opportunity so it is really something to look forward to,” he added.

“I've got a lot of work to do looking at on-board DVDs so it's going to be a learning process but it will be fun.”

Team boss Croft added: "I'm a great supporter of the TT races and the event continues to go from strength to strength. We're really looking forward to being part of the meeting and I'm sure that Karl is going to give a good account of himself on the Isle of Man.”

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Karl Harris will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in June
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the Tandragee 100
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha
Billy Redmayne.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas leads his Cookstown B.E. Racing team-mate Derek Sheils at the Mid Antrim 150
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
Stars of the official launch of the 2016 North West 200
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki at the North West 200 in 2015.
Gary Johnson, T3 Racing Triumph [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superbike at Cartagena in Spain.
Lee Johnston will ride for Sarolea Racing in the TT Zero race.

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Richard the third - Unregistered

March 17, 2012 1:35 AM

No he hasn't done road racing before. Was a multiple British supersport champ and was unbeatable back then. Never quite made the transition to a top superbiker but has immense talent and is a proper tough guy. Problem is that he does tend to crash alot which is an obvious problem racing with no run off! Always loved the guy myself and been a massive fan so, like everyone else, just hope he stays safe on the roads!

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