FARQUHAR DELIGHTED WITH ULSTER GP SUCCESS
Ryan Farquhar ensured his International road race season ended on a high note when he claimed victory in the Supertwins race at the Ulster Grand Prix. The win meant that the KMR Kawasaki rider completed the set after already having taken victory in the corresponding races at the Isle of Man TT and North West 200.
With perfect conditions around the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit all week, things got off to a slow start for Ryan when he struck problems in practice for Thursday's Dundrod 150 Superbike race but he bounced back to take a commanding 11.5s win in the day's Supertwins race whilst team-mate Jamie Hamilton took a strong second to give the team another 1-2.
The main race day again saw ideal weather although strong winds kept the riders on their toes and it couldn't have started better for Ryan as he dominated the Supertwins race from start to finish claiming his 9th Ulster GP victory. With a new lap record of 118.461mph on his ER-6fbased machine, almost 2mph better than his own previous best; he crossed the line comfortably clear of Hamilton as the team claimed yet another 1-2.
Speaking afterwards, a pleased Ryan said, "On a personal note, it's been a successful week and to complete a treble of International wins on the Supertwins machine is brilliant and something I've wanted to do all year. I managed the feat in 2005 on Nick Morgan's 600cc Supersport machine but to do it on a bike I've built and prepared myself is truly satisfying and very rewarding.
I had no problems in either race and to add almost 2mph to the lap record was superb. To get a 1-2 in both the Ulster GP race and Dundrod 150 race is brilliant for the team too so I'm very pleased for Jamie too as well as for Geoff who enjoyed his two races. I've now moved onto 199 career road race wins so, hopefully, I'll be able to make it 200 before the year's out so a big thanks to all the sponsors and to all the lads who've helped me both this weekend and throughout the week"
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