Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 11 Jul 2014
With huge road racing names such as Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop lining up on the grid, this year’s Isle of Man Southern 1000 were always going to see some great battles. Yorkshire’s Dean Harrison dominated the event ahead of his more experienced rivals, taking five impressive victories across the three day’s racing but it was fans’ favourite Guy Martin who stole victory in the blue riband solo championship race.
Harrison, who won the Bikenation.co.uk Lightweight race at this year’s Isle of Man TT, made his intentions clear on Tuesday with a dominating display in the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000cc race ahead of TT rivals Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop.
The Bradford rider then went on to bag victory in the Senior race by over six seconds aboard his RC Express Racing Kawasaki ZX10. Harrison was beaten for the first time during the three-day event in the first of two lightweight races by Ivan Lintin, who dominated to take victory over the Yorkshireman and third-placed James Cowton. Harrison got his revenge in the second 650cc outing, taking victory by just 0.001s ahead of Cowton after a stewards decision.
Switching to Yamaha machinery for the two Supersport races, Harrison went on to win both outings despite a strong challenge from Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin.
After missing out on the two Supersport victories, Martin went in hard for the blue riband Manx Gas Solo Championship race beating Harrison to take his first win of the event. Martin may have taken the final victory but Harrison did triumph in some form in the final race, setting a new circuit record with a fastest lap of 2:13.507.