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Karl Harris pledges TT return, hopeful of path back to BSB

'It's been a great week. You can't go out there thinking you can beat John McGuinness, so I'm happy enough and let's see what next year brings' - Karl Harris
Former British Superbike contender and triple British Supersport champion Karl Harris says he has unfinished business at the Isle of Man TT races.

The Sheffield rider made his debut at the event this year, finishing 21st in the Superbike race and 28th in the Superstock event on the SMT Honda machines.

Harris has also reaffirmed his desire to return to the BSB paddock 'to try and prove some points'.

Following the cancellation of the prestigious Senior TT on Saturday due to concerns over damp patches around the 37.73-mile course, Harris said safety had to take priority.

“It was annoying waiting around for the last few days but the organisers can't help that, it's the weather and you have to think of safety first.

“We all want to get out on the track but with not knowing what's going on you lose the motivation to be honest,” he said.

“You have to think of safety first, but with damp patches, wind and mist added to the track it's too dangerous, but I've enjoyed myself, and I'm looking forward to coming back next year.

“It's been a great week. You can't go out there thinking you can beat John McGuinness, so I'm happy enough and let's see what next year brings.

“I definitely want to come back and do the same as I have done this year,” Harris told the Goole-Howden Courier.

“Hopefully we can go a little bit faster but the track is fixed into my head now which is a good thing.”

On his ambition to return to the British Superbike Championship, Harris is hopeful SMT Honda can provide him with the opportunity for another bite at the cherry in the high-profile domestic series.

“Hopefully the SMT guys can pull something together for BSB and go back there,” he said.

“I do love doing that championship, but it's nothing like doing this [TT], this is the ultimate of the ultimate.

"I want to try and get into BSB and prove some points.”



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Karl Harris will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in June
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 5:26 PM

Harris is only 32 years old so he is plenty young enough to both improve in the TT and to get another chance in BSB. I just hope he gets a half decent bike and avoids injury.

Meangombine - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 3:31 PM

Battling with the front runners again? When did he battle with them before? All I remember is him winning super sport with the best bike and team in the championship with a lot of unforced errors along the way too, then chronically underachieving in BSB getting worse and worse each year........he would struggle to make top 10 in BSB at the moment on any of the bikes



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