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Southern 100: Harrison toasts dominant hat-trick

Young roads star Dean Harrison completes a treble at the Southern 100 with victories in the Senior and Supersport 600 races at Billown as he continues to rule the roost on the Isle of Man
Bradford's Dean Harrison continued to blaze a trail at the Southern 100 on Wednesday night as the RC Express Racing Kawasaki rider completed a treble.

The 25-year-old clinched a convincing victory in the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior race by six seconds from Manx rider Dan Kneen, with Michael Dunlop finishing in third place on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR.

Kneen led the race on the opening lap after a flying start from row two, but Harrison took control on lap two and was never headed afterwards, setting a new lap record for the Senior race at 113.473mph as he pulled further clear of the chasing pack with each lap.

It was Harrison's second win of the week on the Kawasaki ZX-10R after the Bradford rider took the spoils in Monday's Corlett's Trophies 1000cc/600cc race.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin pulled in at the end of the first lap but ventured back out onto the 4.25-mile Billown circuit later in the race.

A delighted Harrison said: “The bike was good, we made a few changes to it last night to make it a bit better and it was definitely an improvement today.
“Dan [Kneen] was riding really well and has been all year in Ireland; it was a good race all round really.

“I had a moment at Church Bends – I think it was me being a bit throttle-happy to be honest and I got a bit out of shape, but nothing major.”

Dunlop actually passed Kneen at the final corner on the last lap but lost out to the Braddan man on the dash to the line by 0.05 seconds. Ivan Lintin, Russ Mountford and James Cowton were the top six.

Harrison triumphed in the first Supersport race to complete his hat-trick on the Mar-Train Yamaha, winning by 3.2 seconds from Martin with Kneen taking the final podium place.

The race was red-flagged after a four-rider incident on the opening lap and re-run later in the evening. Honda's Conor Cummins and Tom Parkes were airlifted to Nobles Hospital, with first reports saying their injuries were not life-threatening. Ivan Lintin and James Cowton were also involved but were able to return to the paddock.

Lintin earlier won the Supertwin 650 race by nine seconds and set a new lap record for the class at 103.458mph as he took his first Southern 100 victory from Harrison and Cowton.

The race was re-run over five laps following a red flag incident on lap one involving four riders, although no-one was seriously injured.

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Dean Harrison has signed with Silicone Engineering Racing for 2016.
Dean Harrison

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