New Zealander Shaun Harris, winner of both the Production 1000cc and 600cc races at the 2003 TT Races, will make a much anticipated comeback to the event in 2007.
A ten time National Champion in his home nation, Harris has been making the long trip from New Zealand since 1991 and his pair of race wins in 2003 were celebrated across the Isle of Man. It has always been a rollercoaster ride for the diminutive Kiwi, with outstanding performances offset by heartache and injury. He will be keen to bounce back in his first Mountain Circuit appearance since a lacklustre 2004, where a solitary 12th place was all he had to show for his efforts.
Harris will ride a full stable of Yamaha machinery in all solo classes at the 2007 Centenary TT for an as yet unidentified British team.
Speaking about the prospect of his TT comeback, Harris commented:
"My total focus in 2007 is currently on the Isle of Man TT. The Island has been the scene of my greatest triumphs as well as much heartache in the past, and I want to make sure there are a few more triumphs before I eventually retire from racing. I have the commitment of an excellent and experienced TT team and will be riding the latest Yamaha machinery in all classes. I canít wait to get back to the TT and am confident that I can do a good job for my sponsors and the fans."
Chairman of the TT Steering Committee David Cretney MHK added:
"Shaun Harris is an iconic TT rider and is one of the few people to win two races in one week. He is a colourful character and is popular with the fans. He will be a welcome addition to the entry list for the Centenary races. I look forward to seeing him do battle again with the other riders entering this yearís TT which will have all the ingredients to be the fastest, closest and most exciting racing ever."