Local teenager Luke joins Scorpions
HOT PROPERTY 16-year-old Luke Harrison has been announced as the second rider for the Scunthorpe Scorpions in 2024.
Harrison shone in the youth ranks, winning the 125cc class of the British Youth Championship in 2019, before a hat-trick of success in the 250cc class between 2020 and 2022.
He scored a maximum in an unattached appearance for Mildenhall in the National League in October 2022, before riding for Workington Comets in the NL in 2023, scoring 121 points from 14 matches, for a calculated match average of 7.01. He also made 14 guest appearances for Redcar in the Championship, after an injury to Jake Mulford.
He will join Scunthorpe on a 2.00 assessed average.
Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We are Luke’s local club – he lives just up the road from us in Barnetby. But he had a choice of clubs to sign for, so I’m delighted that he’s decided to ride for us. He’s such a talented young rider and it’s going to be exciting to watch him progress as a Scunthorpe rider.
“I think it was always supposed to be. I went to Luke’s school around six years, to present him with an award. At that point, we shook hands and I said we’d have him as a Scunthorpe Scorpion once he was old enough. And that’s exactly what has happened!
“The great thing about Luke is that he’s already built up so much experience of tracks, not just at Scunthorpe. For example, Berwick ran a junior programme of 125s and 250s, fair play to them, so Luke and dad Andy would travel up there every weekend. He’s probably done more laps around Berwick than our Eddie Wright Raceway.
“He scored some good points for Redcar when they used him as a guest in 2023 and he learned a lot from that. I watched him a fair bit and I’m genuinely excited what he can do coming into the league as it will be in 2024.
“The 38-point-limit will pit Luke at reserve against riders he competed against in the National League at Workington – riders Luke has already shown that he can beat. What made Luke’s achievements in 2023 even more impressive was that he started the season with an injury – but didn’t let him slow him down once he was back and fully fit.
“Simon Lambert has been really good with Luke as well. They both rode in that testimonial meeting at Redcar for Stuart Robson and Simon told me that Luke went flying past him and he couldn’t catch him! So those two have already connected, which is something else that Simon brings to the team as captain.”
Scunthorpe Scorpions 2024 confirmed starters:
Simon Lambert 5.87
Luke Harrison 2.00