Ryan Farquhar

Road racing – Brookes to race Supertwins at TT

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Josh Brookes has secured another ride at this year’s Isle of Man TT after agreeing to ride for Ryan Farquhar’s IEG/KMR Kawasaki team in the Lightweight class.

The Australian will be making his Supertwins debut and will ride the bike earmarked for Hudson Kennaugh, who has withdrawn from the meeting.

Brookes joins fellow road racing stalwarts Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Danny Webb who are also riding KMR Supertwins.

Brookes, who lies fourth in the British Superbike series, will ride a Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT races.

The bike the 2015 British Superbike champion will ride is the one that Michael Rutter took to first and second places in the Supertwins races at the North West 200.

Team boss Ryan Farquhar said: “When Hudson withdrew from the North West 200 and TT, my immediate focus was on the North West and Michael Rutter did an absolutely brilliant job to take a race win after stepping in at the last minute.

“Michael had already agreed to ride the Paton at the TT though so he wasn’t available, but having had tentative talks with Josh over the winter, I’m now delighted to welcome him on board.

“Having a ride of that pedigree riding for KMR is a terrific coup and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

“We were a little bit down on top speed at the North West but Michael showed what the bike was capable of, particularly in the handling department, and with four incredibly talented riders on the KMR Kawasakis, we’re confident of having a good TT.”

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Road racing – Farquhar replaces Martin at Tyco for TT

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Three-time TT Race winner Ryan Farquhar will ride a Tyco BMW S1000RR Superbike for TAS Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races.

The Dungannon racer will partner 11-time winner Ian Hutchinson on board and this formidable line-up must make the Northern Ireland based team serious contenders for both Superbike and Senior races.

A delighted Farquhar said: “Having purchased a Superstock BMW with support from TAS Racing for this season, I got chatting to Philip Neill and from there the Superbike ride on the Tyco BMW came about. It’s one of those situations that just seems like it was meant to be.”

“I never thought at this stage of my career I was going to get the chance to ride a competitive Superbike at the TT again. So to be riding for Tyco BMW with full support from BMW Motorrad and a great team of people around me, is a great opportunity,” said Farquhar, who has recorded thirteen TT podiums during his TT career, which began in 2002.

Team Manager Philip Neill was equally overjoyed. He said: “Barring one or two years in the past fifteen, we’ve always represented a manufacturer in an official capacity at the TT with a two rider team. This year we were tempted to run with just Ian Hutchinson after Guy decided to sit it out, but there was always a desire, should a suitable rider come along, to have two riders on Tyco BMWs at the June event.

“Initially Ryan contacted me about the potential of some support on a deal to purchase a BMW Superstock bike for this year, which we were happy to get involved with at TAS Racing. The racing conversation and consequently a Superbike deal stemmed from there, and with his talent, experience and ability; not to mention his technical knowledge, he will be an asset to us on the Tyco BMW Superbike. Taking all of that into consideration made it an easy decision to include Ryan in our plans.”

Farquhar will get his first taste of the Tyco BMW S1000RR Superbike during some private testing in the coming weeks, but will make his BMW debut over Easter at Donington Park on his own S1000RR Superstock machine.

Road racing – veteran Farquhar back on a Superbike to the roads

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Northern Ireland racer Ryan Farquhar, a three-time TT Race winner, is set for an increased attack on the roads this year, racing a ZX-10R in the Superbike and Senior races at the TT.

Having made his return to the Mountain Course in the 2014 BikeNation Lightweight TT race, after a two-year absence from the Isle of Man, the KMR Kawasaki rider will now contest four races in June. Continuing with Kawasaki machinery for the eighth consecutive year, Farquhar, who turns 39 in February, will contest the RL360 Superstock on his old production machine and the BikeNation Lightweight TT on a new ER6. He’ll also be campaigning a high-spec Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike for the RST Superbike and Dainese Senior TT Races.

Having retired from racing in August 2012 following the death of his uncle, the Dungannon rider, the most successful in Irish Road Racing history, returned to the sport at the beginning of 2014 along with Keith Amor and the duo contested the Lightweight class on Farquhar’s immaculately prepared 650cc ER6 Kawasakis. He also raced Roger Winfield’s classic Yamaha and Paton in the 2014 Classic TT Races.

Having won the re-introduced Lightweight TT race in 2012 – the first for Supertwin-spec machines – ‘Flyin’ Ryan’ took a relatively low key seventh place in last year’s race, paying the price for only having one bike and suffering a distinct lack of track time compared with his rivals during the fortnight. Farquhar made his TT debut in 2002 after winning the Manx Grand Prix, and now has a total of 13 podiums to his name, as well as three race wins in the 2004 Production 600cc, the 2005 Supersport B and 2012 Lightweight races – a tally he’s keen to add to later this year.

He said: “To go back to the TT with just the one bike is a waste of time. My intentions last year were to just do a few classic races and ride the Supertwin at selected races but it left me badly on the back foot. It was a big disadvantage because I wasn’t bike fit but I’m back in training again and I haven’t trained in years, so you can take out of that what you want! I’m not going out there to waste tyres and fuel.”

Fellow veteran Jeremy McWilliams will continue to ride for Farquhar’s KMR team in the Supertwin class at the NW200.