It is that time of the year when a plethora of superbikes race on the world-famous Mountain Track. It is time for Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. This race is a completely different level of motorsports. There are many names linked to it, like Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin, Conor Cummins, etc. After this year’s race, one more name will be added to that list, and that name will be Dean Harrison.
Dean Harrison astride his Kawasaki set a stunning lap of 214.78 kph during the qualifying session of the 2018 IOM. This unofficially brakes the Superbike lap record. With this lightning speed, Harrison also became the only rider after Michael Dunlop, to finish the entire demanding Mountain Course in under 17 minutes. Before this, Harrison’s fastest lap was of 132.019 mph set in last year’s PokerStars Senior TT race.
Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW) and James Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) led the field away on their Superbikes followed by Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW), Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW), Ian Hutchinson (Honda Racing) and Gary Johnson (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki), and Harrison and Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing BMW).
Dunlop and Hickman were first to cross the line at 212.946 kph and 212.225 kph respectively. But it was Dean Harrison, the Bradford rider, who took the top-most place in the timesheet by whizzing past the line at 214.78 kph, only 2.253 kph quicker than his personal best.