Dean Harrison switches to Dunlop tyres
The 2019 Isle Of Man Senior TT winner Dean Harrison has announced a switch to Dunlop tyres for his road racing programme with Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki.
Dunlop is the most successful tyre in the history of the Isle of Man TT with a recent run of form in being the choice of winners of 13 consecutive Senior TT races up until 2018.
Harrison’s choice of Dunlop is a sign of his confidence in the brand being able to give him the edge in building on his road racing legacy.
Road racing is one of the few categories of top-level motorcycle racing where riders have a free choice of tyres. Harrison joins outright TT lap record holder Peter Hickman as a confirmed Dunlop rider in the next running of the races, delayed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that both the fastest rider in TT history and the most recent Senior race winner will both compete on the latest Dunlop race tyres.
Harrison first raced at the Isle of Man TT in 2011 and three years later he topped the podium at the world’s most famous road race for the first time by winning the Lightweight class race.
In 2019, he joined the road racing hall of fame by winning the headline TT race, the Senior TT. He has also scored podium finishes in the Ulster Grand Prix, the North West 200 and two top ten finishes in the Macau Grand Prix.
Harrison and Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki will switch to Dunlop with immediate effect for road racing events as they begin the long build up to 2022’s major events. The new partnership involves Harrison becoming an Official Dunlop Brand Ambassador, giving fans the opportunity to see exclusive content by following @DunlopMoto on Facebook and Instagram.
Harrison explains his Dunlop switch: “I’ve ridden on Dunlop tyres in the past – I was on Dunlop when I did my first ever TT – and I’ve always thought they were brilliant tyres so I’m really pleased to be making the move back.
“I’ve always liked the brand and the people there are really nice too. After a few years on a different tyre, I think a change is good, especially to be moving to a manufacturer with such a strong sporting history behind it. I just can’t wait to get back out. It’s been way too long and I’m really excited about riding a motorbike again and ultimately, getting back onto the roads with the best tyres underneath me.”
Wim Van Achter, Motorsport Manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Europe, said: “To have Dean switch back to Dunlop is testimony to the development we have put into creating our latest generation of race tyres. We’re delighted to have his experience, feedback and pace in the Dunlop team and look forward to setting new records together.”