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Thanks for the writeup!

Farquhar has been doing an amazing job developing his KMR racing team. Their twins finishing to 3 at most of the races is no fluke either.


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Discussion Starter #322 (Edited)
Five again, two race meetings in a row

Fabulous Farquhar takes another five timer

Courtesy of Phil Wain - Freelance PR

For the second successive weekend, Ryan Farquhar won five Irish National road races in a day when he dominated proceedings at Saturday's Bush meeting. The KMR Kawasaki rider was again in imperious form and won every race he started, the 125cc/450cc, Supersport, Supertwins, Superbike and Grand Final, to move onto 26 wins for the season.

After practice was wiped out due to rain, the riders receiving just a handful of controlled laps instead, Ryan's day started in fine style with a start to finish victory in the Supertwins race, and there was further joy for the team with Jamie Hamilton taking second and Paul Cranston in sixth on a third KMR Kawasaki. Another start to finish victory then followed for Ryan as he dominated the Supersport race, his eventual winning margin being a commanding 16 seconds. The first Superbike race was a lot closer affair though as Ryan had to see off a last lap charge by Derek Sheils. With his lead over Sheils being less than he thought, Ryan got overtaken on the final lap but he was able to fight back and complete his hat-trick with a 0.463s victory whilst Hamilton crossed the line in seventh.

Keen to make no mistakes in the Grand Final, Ryan grabbed the lead from the start and promptly pulled away from the rest of the field as he swept to yet another win. The gap on this occasion was 15 seconds with John Burrows taking second as Hamilton claimed a brilliant third, his first podium in the Superbike class. That just left the 125cc/450cc race for Ryan and he not only led the 450cc class but also the 125cc class when the red flag came out due to rain after four laps. The result was taken and so Ryan wrapped up yet another five timer.

Speaking later, a delighted Ryan said: "It's been another great day for me and the team and although conditions were again tricky, the club did a good job in getting every race run so to come away with five more wins is superb. The weather was very up and down, a bit like last weekend's Mid Antrim meeting and so I opted to ride my 600 in the two big bike races as it was a lot more manageable in the conditions. Everything went to plan except for the first Superbike where there was a bit of a hiccup with my pitboard. Going into the final lap, I was given a '+12' board so backed right off and cruised round the first part of the lap.Needless to say, it was a huge shock when Derek came flying by! It was certainly a wake up call and so I tucked in behind him and got by as soon as I could. Luckily, there was enough of the lap to find a way by and I was able to take the win once more - it was a good last lap for the spectators but not for me!"

"The rain had been on and off during the day but it was only in the final race of the day, the 125/400, that it really came on heavy, so it was a good decision to end it early. I was obviously delighted with the wins but also very pleased for Jamie and Paul. Jamie was over the moon with second in the Supertwins race but when he got third in the Grand Final, he was even more chuffed and it was a great result, particularly given the lack of track time he'd had. I loaned Paul the bike as a thank you to him for letting us use his yard, rather than the wet field, and it was a good result for him in his first ever ride on the bike and in the class. Our other team member, Conor Parkhill also won his race at the Mondello Masters so it really has been a great day for KMR Kawasaki. I've got a weekend off now from racing but all the bikes need a good service so I'll be working hard to get them all fully prepared for Skerries in a fortnight's time."

Ryan now heads to the Skerries 100 meeting, which takes place on the outskirts of Dublin on Saturday July 7.


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Discussion Starter #323 (Edited)

77.jpg RYAN Farquhar made a successful return to the Skerries 100 road races as he gained the upper hand over key rival Michael Dunlop to claim a sizzling Supersport and Grand Final double.

The KMR Kawasaki rider - who also won the Moto450/125GP and Supertwin races - and Dunlop went head to head in the feature race held in glorious sunny weather in front of a bumper crowd at the popular meeting near Dublin on Saturday.

Farquhar made his move on the final lap of eight when the pair encountered backmarkers after shadowing the 23-year-old for much of the race and kept Dunlop at bay to seal victory in the main race by 1.7 seconds.

John Burrows finished third, 15 seconds down on the winner, with the top six completed by Derek Sheils, the impressive Jamie Hamilton and Davy Morgan.

Farquhar told News Letter Sport: “I went around the outside of Michael coming out of Finnegan’s Corner and I came across a backmarker and hesitated a bit.

“I was able to get by and once I was past I rode as hard as I could,” Farquhar added.

“We came up behind a few other backmarkers but there was nothing that really caused a problem for either of us and we were able to get past them pretty handy.

“It’s another good victory for myself and one I’m really happy with.”

Dunlop said: “Ryan managed to squeeze a backmarker between us on the last lap and after that I got held up. I caught him again by the time we got to the hairpin but we hit more backmarkers up through the tunnel.

“It’s the Southern 100 next so we’ll see what happens on the island.”

William Dunlop was ruled out of the Grand Final after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in a high-speed crash in the Supersport race (see separate story), but the Wilson Craig Honda rider earlier won the Open race by six seconds from brother Michael, with Burrows on the rostrum in third ahead of Sheils, Farquhar and Michael Sweeney.

“Everyone seemed to be making a lot of mistakes in the first big race and I just felt really comfortable,” Dunlop said.

“I was riding steady although the track was still a bit greasy after all the rain on Friday.

“It was an easy enough win and it was nice to get it for Wilson [Craig].”

Farquhar opted to ride his 600cc Kawasaki in the Open race and explained that he wanted to ensure his 1000cc Kawasaki was in pristine condition for the Southern 100 this week.

“The paddock has been a mess at so many races this year with the rain and when I got to Skerries on the Saturday morning I didn’t even bother putting my ‘thousand’ through scrutineering because I just thought I’d ride my 600 in the two Superbike races and the Supersport race,” he said.

“I hadn’t planned to take my 600 to the Southern anyway and I decided to leave myself a clean ‘thousand’ to go over to the Isle of Man with because I’m fed up cleaning and washing bikes this year.

“So I went out on the 600 in the Open race but at the end of the day the paddock had dried up a fair bit so I got the big bike scrutineered and we just went out with it in the Grand Final.”

Farquhar and Michael Dunlop - who borrowed a Yamaha from Peter O’Flaherty after his own developed a problem - disputed first position in a red-hot Supersport race with William Dunlop, who started from the back row of the first group, soon joining the battle at the front.

However, the race was brought to a premature halt when William crashed just after Gillies Leap and the result was declared on positions after three laps, with Farquhar taking the victory by 0.173s from Michael Dunlop and Derek Sheils in third place.

Sweeney, Burrows and Adrian Archibald were the top six.

William Dunlop was a comfortable winner in the Junior 250 race by seven seconds from Davy Morgan with John Ella third.

Farquhar was the overall winner of the Moto450/125GP race by almost six seconds from Paul Robinson.

He also triumphed in the Supertwin 650 event from team-mate Jamie Hamilton.

Alan Kenny and Peter O’Flaherty were the respective winners of the Senior Support and 201cc-401cc races.

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