DEAN Harrison will be hoping to go one better this week at Silverstone and pick up some points after narrowly missing out at Snetterton.

The Bradford racer came agonisingly close to securing a top 15 finish in the weekend’s final race, pipped at the last minute when Rory Skinner on the factory Kawasaki swept past.

Despite just missing out on points last weekend, Harrison left the Norfolk track feeling buoyed by the progress made, both to his lap times and race position across the weekend, having gone one better in each of the three races.

But Harrison now has eyes set on this weekend, starting today when he takes on the famous Silverstone racecourse and the speedster is keen to get some points on the board.

He said: “I feel really good at the moment and I’m looking forward to getting out there.

“It’s Silverstone, which is a tough course but I would love to show progression and that means targetting points.

“I would be chuffed if I could achieve that this weekend.”

Looking back at his display at Snetterton last weekend, Harrison believes there were positives to take out of his performances, despite missing out on his targeted points finish.

He said: “To say Snetterton is one of my worst tracks, it wasn’t too bad. Both Snetterton and Silverstone are tracks where I struggle the most so it was nice to show progression throughout the races.

"I moved from 18th, to 17th and then to 16th in the final race. I was unfortunate to miss out on a points finish, but as long as you keep showing improvement, especially been on the older bikes, then it works out quite well."

During the final race, Harrison had been holding his position of 19th when the race was stopped due to an engine blow on another rider’s bike.

A restarted sprint race over five laps was called and this time he started from 16th on the grid, getting another clean getaway to move up to 15th.

Reflecting on the incident, Harrison admitted it's part and parcel of a bikers life.

He said: "When an incident like that occurs, it's not all that frustrating to be honest. Everyone is in the same boat and you have to put it to one side and try to move on.

"Although an engine blow could hinder you in your tracks, you just have to forget about it. At the point it happens, you have to almost throw that race in the bin as it's part of racing and you learn to get over it when it does happen."

Harrison added: "You have to regroup quickly as well, especially when you are told you are doing a five lap sprint.

"You have to get off the line extremely quickly in that kind of race because there isn't enough time to pull back time or anything like that. It's also very tense when it comes to a sprint so you need to be fully on it and not think about the previous race.

"There's a lot of pushing, shoving and elbow bashing on the line because everyone wants to get a fast start."