For Lanes Kawasaki’s James Harrison, it’s been a busy few weeks. A whirlwind tour of Kent, Scotland and the Netherlands behind him, he found himself in a double bill on the Summer Bank Holiday. Lone representative for Lanes Kawasaki in the Red Bull Pro Nationals, the youngster returned to Hawkstone Park in Shropshire for the sixth round of the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup.
Saturday dawned with the qualifying session, in which Harrison was the runner-up with just under a tenth of a second behind pole position. The first of three races on the day got off to a good start with Harrison in third, a position briefly lost mid-race in a tough battle with Honda rivals Joe Bamfield and Jordan Divall. The second race went without a hitch; this time Harrison found himself in fourth from start to finish, seeing off a challenge from Kawasaki-mounted Tommy Alba along the way.
With track conditions turning very tough for the last race of the day, Harrison got off the line just outside the top five, but soon made inroads by moving into third place. With the lap board out, he once again found himself under pressure by Alba, and had to concede the position to end in fourth again.
Sunday’s first race again was a smooth affair. Here Harrison got off the start in fourth and took ruthless advantage of a rival’s mistake to move up into, and eventually taking third, conscious of the threat posed by Bamfield behind him. The final race of the weekend proved to be the toughest of them all. The track, churned up by the Pro class just before them, proved to be harder to navigate, and here Harrison again showed that consistency was king with a run in fourth throughout, only to be pipped to the post by Alba in the last few corners of the race to end in fifth for a second overall on the day.
Commented Harrison: “Saturday was good, I qualified in second and was happy with that, I had a good first race when the track was still smooth, I had two fourths on Saturday which is good for me not really being a sand rider. Today I had two decent starts, and a third and fifth, which is good for me in sand but an average weekend.”