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Harrison wins Gold Cup for first time

Mar-Train Yamaha's Dean Harrison adds his name to prestigious list of Scarborough Gold Cup winners with dominant five-timer at Oliver's Mount.
Dean Harrison dominated the Scarborough Gold Cup meeting to clinch the coveted trophy for the first time at Oliver's Mount.

Harrison powered to a five-timer for Northern Ireland's Mar-Train Yamaha team, winning all four Superbike races on the YZF-R1M and adding a Supersport success for good measure on a brilliant weekend for the Bradford rider.

The 26-year-old took the spoils in the feature race by eight seconds from Ivan Lintin on the RC Express Kawasaki – last year's Gold Cup winner – with Lee Johnston rounding out the rostrum places on the East Coast/Burdens BMW.

Harrison was using new electronics upgrades at 'The Mount' and was full of praise for the progress made by his team with the new R1 Superbike this season.

“It has been a while since we've had a weekend like that, apart from the coming together in the first 'six hundred' race that was a perfect weekend,” he said.

“The R1M has come on leaps and bounds thanks to the Maxton rear shock and new electronics; it's just a different bike to ride. We had every condition thrown at us but the bikes were mega and I was able to just control the races.

“It's nice to finish off my year with Mar-Train like that, they've put so much work in all year and deserved a good weekend,” he added.

“Thanks to all the fans who braved Saturday's weather, it's always a great event; - brilliant brilliant to get the Cock O' The North again and I'm really chuffed to lift the Gold Cup.”

Dan Hegarty, Mick Goodings and James Cowton completed the top six in the big race of the weekend.

Harrison crashed out of the first Supersport race on Saturday, which was won by Ulster Grand Prix hat-trick hero Lee Johnston from Lintin and Dan Hegarty.

He won the opening leg of the Cock 'O The North race, postponed from July, by almost eight seconds from Johnston with Daley Mathison third.

The second Senior race was declared a result after a red flag, with Harrison earning a four-second win from Lintin and John McGuinness, who was riding his EMC2 Honda Superstock machine.

Harrison achieved victory in the second Supersport race by five seconds from Johnston, with Lintin and William Dunlop the top four.

He completed a brace in the Senior class, pulling away to win by nine seconds from Hegarty and Lintin to cap a terrific weekend at the North Yorkshire venue for the official Yamaha UK-backed team.

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September 14, 2015 11:32 AM

Looks like Mar-Train are getting to grips with the big yam, at long last. Its been a tough year for Dean, the bike always seemed underpowered or just not quite there. I do hope however Dean stays with the team the lad could do well provided the bike is sorted. Sad to read of the death of Sandor Bitter, he was a good rider may he RIP.

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