Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta recruits Harrison and Johnston for Classic TT

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Rising TT stars Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston will team up for this year’s Classic TT, with the twenty five year olds aboard a brace of ultra-exotic MV Agusta machines run by the Black Eagle Racing team.

Johnston will line up on the same three cylinder 350cc machine he took to his first Mountain Course victory in 2014, as well as the team’s 500cc machine for that race.

Harrison, who won the inaugural Formula Classic Race in 2013, will make his debut for the team despite signing to ride for them in 2014; injuries sustained at the Ulster Grand Prix kept the Yorkshireman out of action.

Speaking at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, Harrison commented: “I was gutted to miss out on last year’s Classic TT so I am delighted to have been offered the chance to ride these amazing MV Agustas again in 2015. They are incredible pieces of engineering and it still seems strange that David and Mark (Kay) are willing to give them to guys like Lee and I to thrash around the Isle of Man!”

Team mate Johnston added: “Winning the 350cc Race last year was a real highlight for me and I was delighted for the guys in the Black Eagle team who put so much time, money and effort into making it all happen. Getting to ride the 500cc bike as well is something I am really excited about and hopefully we can go back to the Isle of Man in August and pick up some more silverware.”

Black Eagle Racing Team Manager Mark Kay concluded: “As a team, we went through every emotion last year at the Classic TT which ended on a real high when Lee took victory in the 350cc Race for us breaking the lap and race records. We have not taken our feet off the gas since to make sure that both the 350’s and 500’s are in the best possible shape for the 2015 event and with the rider line up we have been able to secure, we expect to be a force to be reckoned with in both of the races.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer