Harrison signs with Silicone Engineering Racing

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Bradford racer Dean Harrison has signed a two-year deal with Silicon Engineering Racing for the 2016 and 2017 international road race seasons, linking up with the squad after a difficult year on the Mar-Train Yamahas.

Still to confirm machinery, the squad are nonetheless expected to reunite with Kawasaki, as they aim to return Harrison to the form he showed on the RC Express Kawasakis in 2014.

Speaking after the announcement, Harrison was clear as to what brought him to sign with a team that will be an unfamiliar name to some fans.

“As soon as I met Paul and the rest of the team and saw the set-up from the bike preparation to the calibre of the other riders and their knowledge, I knew it was a great opportunity to join a team on the up.

“The flexibility of how the team is run was another plus for me as I can really have an influence on key decisions on the bike, which I believe will take me to greater levels and hopefully bring success to the team.”

And, while the team may be something of an unknown, team boss Paul Iddon says that their potential with Harrison onboard should allow them to grow.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Dean come on board and join us for the next two years. It is a massive opportunity for Silicone Engineering Racing to take the step to another level and push the team to new heights.

“We’re a relatively new team to road racing and with Dean’s success and stature within the sport we can really grow our brand name and achieve big things in the next couple of years.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer