BSB: Dean Harrison signs two-year deal with DAO Racing

Dean Harrison has a busy year ahead in BSB and on the roads
Dean Harrison has a busy year ahead in BSB and on the roads

Dean Harrison has signed a new two-year deal with DAO Racing (formally Silicone Engineering Racing) ahead of the new Bennetts British Superbike Championship and road racing seasons.

The 2019 Isle of Man Senior TT winner will take part in a full BSB campaign alongside his road racing commitments for the official Kawasaki Road Racing team. All three major road racing events return this year – Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200, and Ulster GP – following a two-year absence due to Covid-19.

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“I’m really excited about 2022, it feels like we’re finally getting back to some kind or normality,” Harrison said. “Last year, we didn’t have any road racing apart from one weekend at Oliver’s Mount, so our whole effort went into BSB.

“I think it proved to be an important season, when you’re running with some of the fastest superbike riders in the world, it can only help bring you on and I think both myself and the team learnt a lot.

“This year we have the international road racing back which is very exciting. I’m confident what we’ve learnt in BSB so far will help make us faster when we get back on the roads and with a team and bike I know and work well with, this could certainly be my best year yet.”

Harrison scored points on several occasions during the 2021 BSB season, securing a best result of eighth at Donington Park.

DAO Racing – pronounced Dow – is owned by Isle of Man-based Clarissa Beadman and operates from its workshop in Cumbria, headed-up by Team Manager Jonny Bagnall.

The team plans to release its full racing calendar in the coming weeks, but will make its on-track debut at the first official BSB test at Snetterton in late March. Other key dates for the team are:

  • North West 200 – May 8-14
  • Isle of Man TT – May 28 – June 11
  • Ulster Grand Prix – August 16-20