MOTOR CYCLING: Harris vows to return to the TT

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IN the most appropriate fashion for the enigmatic beast that is the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Sheffield’s Karl Harris admitted his debut at the event concluded with a mixture of elation and frustration.

But despite two weeks of uncertainty both on and off the 37.73 mile Mountain Course Harris insisted he will return.

The elation for Harris came in his scooping his pre-TT overriding objective - the much-coveted Best Newcomer award after a hugely-impressive week’s racing.

However the frustration came in the inevitably stop-start race week caused by the notoriously fickle Isle of Man weather. Those weather gods eventually ensured Harris was denied his chance to compete in the week’s blue riband race – the PokerStars Senior. However despite that frustration Harris said he had well and truly caught the TT, fuelled by Monster Energy, bug.

“It’s been annoying waiting around for the last few days but the organisers can’t help that, it’s the weather and you have to think of safety first.

“We all want to get out on the track but with not knowing what’s going on you lose the motivation to be honest.

“You have to think of safety first, but with damp patches, wind and mist added to the track it’s too dangerous, but I’ve enjoyed myself, and I’m looking forward to coming back next year.

“It’s been a great week, winning best newcomer was fantastic and that’s a great achievement. You can’t go out there thinking you can beat John McGuinness (19-time TT winner), so I’m happy enough and let’s see what next year brings.

“I definitely want to come back and do the same as I have done this year. Hopefully we can go a little bit faster but the track is fixed into my head now which is a good thing.”

Also fixed in Harris’ mind is a desire to return to the cream of domestic circuit racing – the British Superbike Championship (BSB).

Harris – who rode for SMT Racing on the Isle of Man - has three British Supersport titles to his name and was a fixture in the BSB paddock up until the last couple of years leaving him with some scores to settle. Hopefully the SMT guys can pull something together for BSB and go back there,” he added. “I do love doing that championship, but it’s nothing like doing this, this is the ultimate of the ultimate. I want to try and get into BSB and prove some points.”

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