SHEFFIELD’S Karl Harris continued his eye-catching start to life as an Tourist Trophy competitor on Monday – but he’s adamant he won’t be getting ahead of himself on the Isle of Man’s notoriously dangerous roads.
Harris – a three-time British Supersport champion – is making his first foray into the infamous world of TT racing in 2012.
But despite his inexperience on paper Harris is racing like an old pro – finishing on top of the pile among the best newcomers in Saturday’s Dainese Superbike race with a 21st-place finish.
And he was at it again on Monday in the Royal London 360 Superstock showdown – finishing a country mile ahead of his equally fresh-faced peers in 28th – compared to his best newcomer rival John Ingram (46th).
Harris is upstaging more experienced riders left, right and centre on the 37.73 mile Mountain Course – but he certainly isn’t getting ahead of himself. The 32-year-old is well aware of the perils of the Isle of Man’s roads – racing was delayed by a fatal accident involving a member of the public on Monday. “I’m really happy with that,” he said. “I’m just pacing myself at the minute and learning the circuit and gradually just building up.
“From a racing point of view it’s TT so I’m happy to just finish but I’m going to keep plugging away and keep doing what I’m doing.
“I’m doing consistent laps, I can’t ask for anything more than that, the mountain section is coming a little bit easier now, which is good because that’s the hardest part for me, it’s nice and steady.
“I’ve walked away from the first few days, that’s a bonus, I think most newcomers would be happy with that. I can’t wait for Wednesday now and to see how much I can progress,” he added.
The 2012 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will be shown every evening, usually at 9pm, on ITV4 until June 11. For more information on the event and for live Radio TT commentary and live timings as well as the full ITV4 schedule go to www.iomtt.com