Southern 100: Dean Harrison completes sizzling treble

Dean Harrison leads Dan Kneen in the Senior race at the Southern 100
Dean Harrison leads Dan Kneen in the Senior race at the Southern 100

Dean Harrison underlined his dominance of the Steam Packet Southern 100 on the Isle of Man with another sizzling performance to complete a treble.

In perfect conditions, the RC Express Kawasaki rider obliterated the opposition to win the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior race by more than six seconds from the revitalised Dan Keen on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki, who outsprinted the BMW S1000RR of Michael Dunlop to the line.

Bradford star Harrison also set a new lap record for the Senior race at 113.473mph on lap four of seven as he stretched his lead over the chasing pack.

Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin, who holds the outright lap record at the 4.25-mile Billown circuit at 114.25mph, pulled into the paddock at the end of the opening lap. The Lincolnshire star later re-joined the race on the GSX-R1000 to assess the bike ahead of Thursday’s Solo Championship finale.

Race winner Harrison said: “The bike was good, we made a few changes to it last night to make it a bit better and it was definitely an improvement today.

“Dan [Kneen] was riding really well and has been all year in Ireland; it was a good race all round really.

“I had a moment at Church Bends – I think it was me being a bit throttle-happy to be honest and I got a bit out of shape, but nothing major.”

Ivan Lintin finished in fourth position followed by Russ Mountford and James Cowton. Seamus Elliott was seventh and Davy Morgan ninth.

Harrison completed his hat-trick with victory in the first Supersport race on the Mar-Train Yamaha, taking the flag by 3.2 seconds from Martin, with Kneen third.

The race was re-run later in the evening after a red-flag incident involving Conor Cummins, Tom Parkes, Ivan Lintin and James Cowton at Ballakeighan on the opening lap. Cummins and Parkes were airlifted to Nobles Hospital but were reported to have ‘non life-threatening injuries’.

Lintin had earlier won the Supertwin race by 9.1 seconds, setting a new lap record at 103.458mph with Harrison and Cowton the top three.

The race was also red-flagged due to a four-rider crash at Ballakeighan, with no serious injuries reported.

The Southern 100 concludes on Thursday and features the prestigious Solo Championship race, which was won last year by Tyco Suzuki’s Martin from Michael Dunlop.