Farquhar hints at return to road racing

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On BBC Sport Northern Ireland’s King of the Road programme, due to be streamed on the BBC website on Wednesday 12th August, Ryan Farquhar has hinted that he could be making a return to road racing in 2021.

During the show he said, “Sometimes I miss it, sometimes I don’t. This past while I do crave that feeling again.

“I’m not retired, I’m still a road racer and in 2021/2022, you don’t know what’s round the corner, you may see me back on the grid again.

I’m not saying definitely, but I would like to give it another go. At this minute in time the thought is there. All I’d say is just watch this space.”

Farquhar, the most successful Irish National Road racer with over 200 wins to his name as well as International road race wins at the Northwest 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Isle Of Man TT hung up his leathers in 2012 after his uncle, Trevor Ferguson died while competing at the Manx Grand Prix.

Two years later he made a comeback but this was to be short lived when he was involved in a horrific high speed crash at the 2016 North West 200 in the supertwin race suffering life threatening injuries when he came off his bike on the approach to Black Hill and Dan Cooper could not avoid hitting him, Farquhar suffered pelvic injuries, six broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a punctured lung, two broken feet and other internal bleeding. Cooper was taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine with shoulder injuries but was later discharged.

Since recovering from his injuries Farquhar has been running his own KMR Kawasaki team with great success with many top names competing on KMR machinery, but he admits that he does not enjoy the management side of racing as much as he did the racing.

Farquhar is one of the guests on Wednesday’s BBC programme marking the 60th anniversary of the Tandragee 100 which was cancelled this year when the Covid 19 pandemic wiped out the season’s racing.