MANX Grand Prix race winner Nathan Harrison has admitted his delight after overcoming lingering pain and winning today’s thrilling Mylchreests Junior battle.
The Manxman, who was hit with a 30sec pit lane speeding penalty at the start of the final lap in today’s scrap, used a rapid fuel stop and a swift last lap to overcome the deficit and beat Stephen Smith to victory.
Just a few seasons after the Chris Preston/Quayside Tyres rider nearly lost his leg after a huge crash at Jurby, Harrison revealed he’s still in pain, but was delighted to finally hit the top step of the podium on Glencrutchery Road.
“I’ve worked nonstop to get here,” he admitted. “The pain [from the Jurby crash] still now kills me now to be honest, but I don’t like telling people that because I like just getting on with life.
“To come back to this now is great. I knew about the penalty straight away – I came out of the pits and whacked on the throttle to get the boys in front of me, I knew I’d done it.
“I saw the pit board and thought ‘oh I’ve made this hard for myself’. But I just gave it a good go on the last lap and made it up.
“I want to do the TT and do the North West and all that again, and just keep trying to build. Every time I go out I go faster and that’s what I like doing, just building up slowly and hopefully getting places in the future.
“I guess I like making things hard for myself I think. I can’t thank everybody enough – my mum, my dad, Alan, Andy, Chris Preston, the boys at Quayside, Reynolds and Turner, Toyo, I’m sure I’ll miss someone.”