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Dean Harrison in two-year roads deal with Mar-Train Racing

Bradford's Dean Harrison will spearhead Yamaha UK's official roads challenge in the Mar-Train Racing colours in 2015 and 2016
Isle of Man TT winner Dean Harrison has penned a two-year deal with Northern Ireland team Mar-Train Racing for the international road races.

The Bradford rider is also expected to contest selected Irish National meetings plus the Southern 100 and Scarborough events.

Mar-Train Racing will spearhead Yamaha UK's official effort on the roads over the next two years after withdrawing from the British Supersport Championship.

Harrison rode in the Supersport class for the team this year but will now compete across all classes for Tim Martin's outfit following an amicable split from RC Express Racing.

The 25-year-old will ride Yamaha's all-new 1000cc R1 – launched in Milan on Monday – in the Superbike and Superstock classes alongside the 600cc R6.

“I'm delighted to finally be able to announce my plans for the next two seasons as part of Mar-Train Racing,” Harrison said.

“To have the support of Yamaha UK as their official team is fantastic, and although we have had some great race wins on the R6, I have to be honest and say I'm really looking forward to riding the all-new Superstock and Superbikes next season.

“The Mar-Train team is a family run effort, but you only have to look at what they have achieved in British championship, and also at the North West 200 last year to understand how committed the whole team is to transferring that onto the roads in a full time job next season.

“It's important for me to enjoy my racing and having been here a year already, I know that 2015 is going to be a belter.”

Harrison claimed his first TT win in June in the Lightweight Supertwin race and also finished as the runner-up in the Superstock event behind Michael Dunlop.

Team boss Martin said the exciting English prospect had been 'the rider we wanted all along'.

“It's great to finally be able to announce that Dean will be joining us for the next two seasons as we embark on a new venture as Yamaha UK's official International Road Racing Team,” Martin said.

“He is the guy we wanted all along having worked with him this season with tangible success, and it's great that he's here with us in Milan to see the unveiling of the new bike.

“It's a real privilege for us all at Mar-Train Racing to be associated with Yamaha UK and I must personally thank Karl Radley for helping us set it up.

“The two-year deal allows us to prepare and develop the new bike and although our goal is undoubtedly international podiums and victories, we will be realistic and professional in our approach to 2015.”

Harrison's full roads schedule will be confirmed early in 2015.

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