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Tips from a winner: Dean Harrison

POSTED: 30/05/2022

Shave minutes off your lap times

We are looking at Dean Harrison's top tips for racing the Isle of Man TT, where he got the advantage and was one step ahead of the competition. As one of the fastest men ever around the legendary course, don't miss this key knowledge as we catch up with his comments from a recent Kawasaki interview.

If you are planning on visiting the track for the racing, he has also shared some great places to watch the action!

Scroll down for racing tips and destinations for a great view of the course...

Dean Harrison - Isle of Man Tips and Tricks
Dean Harrison - Isle of Man Tips and Tricks
Dean Harrison - Isle of Man Tips and Tricks

Focus is key, every part of the track is crucial for the win...

1 - The Pit Stop

One key component to every rider's race time is pit stops. Choosing to take your pit stop at the correct time could be the difference in whether you make a podium position or not. This section of the race is highly tense. It's all hands on deck and everyone on the team plays a very important role in keeping the pit stop time under one minute. Roles include changing tyres, filling up fuel, changing the rider's visor etc.

2 - Quarry Bends

When it comes to getting ahead of the competition, the Quarry Bends are a crucial part. This section of the race takes place about halfway around the lap and is essential to your run following onto the Sulby Straight (the fastest part of the course). This can be a very physical part of the course as you have to lean the bike over from side to side at phenomenal speeds.

3 - Rhencullen jump

Another incredibly important part of the lap is the run through Rhencullen. You'll encounter bumps and humps where you'll have to wrestle to keep your ride on the line. Getting the jump here is crucial as losing valuable lap time is quickly done - you want to get the jump exactly right in order to get ahead.

4 - Ballagarey

There's a reason this part of the track has a nickname of Ballascary! It's an incredibly fast but blind corner, and you are completely flat out on the approach. With stone walls on either side of the road, there's no room for error on this corner, so you'll need to be fully focused.

5 - The Mountain Run

The mountain is one of the most iconic parts of the entire course. This section of the race has a bit of everything you could encounter, from slow corners to flat out speed straights. Brandywell is one of the key sections and the highest point of the course - entering this from Haliwoo's Rise is essential.

Read more about where you can view the race from - keep scrolling down!

Where can you watch from?

1 - Bray Hill

Bray Hill might be one of the most popular places to watch due to its landscape country views of bikes zooming at over 180mph. Sitting in the gardens and watching these missile-speed motorcycles is something you'll never forget.

2 - Greeba Bridge

The exit of Greeba Bridge is a top contender of best places to watch the race from. If you head to Hawthorn pub, you can watch as the racers exit going down towards Gorselea and Ballacraine.

3 - Barregarrow

If you have a need for speed and skill, Barregarrow is a fantastic place to watch the riders lean right over with the knees sliders in full effect. Get there early though as there's limited spaces available.

4 - Kirk Michael

Spectator spots are exclusive at Kirk Michael, but Whitehouse Park is one of the best options with fantastic views throughout the entire village. Not to mention the awesome side roads you can watch from too.

5 - End of the Mountain Mile

The Mountain Mile is always a special place to watch from, and at the end of it is a great place to see the bikes at incredible speeds alongside spectacular views over the island.

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