HARRISON SIGNS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH DAO RACING

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THE DAO Racing team is gearing up for a busy roads and short circuits season in 2022 after securing rider Dean Harrison for two more years.

The Bradford-based roads ace will return to the team which powered him to 2019 Isle of Man Senior TT victory as the squad returns for another full season of Bennetts British Superbike Championship action alongside a packed programme of road racing.

Continuing its relationship with Kawasaki as the manufacturer’s official roads team, DAO Racing will utilise the new Ninja ZX-10R on both the short circuits and the roads.

In 2021, the team – under a different name – embarked on its first full season of British Superbikes, with Harrison quickly becoming a regular points finisher, with a best result of eighth at Donington Park in August.

And with the return of high-profile international road races this year including the Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200 and Ulster GP, Harrison is looking forward to what looks to be a busy season.

“I’m really excited about 2022, it feels like we’re finally getting back to some kind or normality,” he 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.”

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.

“We are delighted to have signed Dean for another two seasons, he’s been an integral part of this team for several years and continuity is so important in this sport,” he said.

“It’s been fantastic to see that the international road racing calendar is filling up again and after two years off, we’re all champing at the bit to get back out onto the roads.

“Last year, we committed ourselves to the full Bennetts British Superbike season and it was definitely the right move. We learnt a lot more as a team and Dean improved further as a rider and we want to build upon that this year.

“For that reason, we intend to continue racing the world’s leading domestic championship alongside our road racing commitments. I think we more than proved ourselves as a team within the BSB paddock last year and I am confident we can push even further in 2022.”

The DAO Racing team plans to release its full racing calendar in the coming weeks, but will make its on-track debut at the first official Bennetts British Superbike Championship test at Snetterton in late March.

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