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Classic TT: Harrison victorious in Bennetts 500 Race

Dean Harrison claims his second Classic TT victory after taking the spoils on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta in the opening 500cc race on Saturday.
Dean Harrison prevailed to win Saturday's Bennetts 500cc Classic TT on the Black Eagle MV Agusta.

Harrison prevailed in a race of attrition to clinch the top spot after four laps, taking the win by 26.8 seconds from a dejected Ian Lougher on the Giovanni Cabassi/Flitwick Motorcycles Paton.

Welshman Lougher incurred a 30-second penalty for speeding in pit lane after pitting for fuel at the end of the opening lap, which cost him the chance of repeating his triumph in the corresponding race in 2014.

Lougher also picked up a penalty for speeding last year, and although he managed to turn it around on that occasion to take the spoils, it proved a step beyond the veteran racer this time.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston finished on the podium in third on the second of the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta machines, a further 14 seconds in arrears.

Johnston, who won the Okells 350cc Classic TT last year, had been battling with Michael Dunlop for the last spot on the podium on the final lap when Dunlop's Molnar Manx Norton expired on the Mountain Mile.

John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar had been running in first and second places on the Winfield Patons on the lap one, but Morecambe man McGuiness was ruled out for a third successive year as he stopped at Parliament Square after slowing dramatically and dropping to fifth at Ballaugh Bridge.

Farquhar briefly inherited the lead but also stopped at Parliament Square to make adjustments before the Ulster rider was also confirmed as a retirement.

With Michael Dunlop's demise on the final lap, Jamie Coward was promoted to fourth on the Craven Manx Norton, finishing 1m 48.9 seconds behind Johnston.

Chris Swallow and Keith Amor, both riding Manx Nortons, completed the top six as the pair finished a huge margin outside the top three.

On the final lap, Johannes Van de Pol came off at Tower Bends and sustained a reported leg fracture. He was airlifted to Nobles Hospital in Douglas.

There were some 30 retirements in the race, including William Dunlop on the Davies Motorsport Honda, James Cowton and Dan Cooper, Michael Rutter, Olie Linsdell and Alan Oversby.

The race was delayed by 15 minutes to 2.45pm due to oil on the circuit from Stella Maris to Waterworks and The Nook to the Start Line.

Related Pictures

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Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
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John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacrye
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Superbike during Isle of Man TT practice.
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John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar on the Tyco BMW.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
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Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and John Burrows.

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