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NW200: Farquhar fired up for evening races

17 May 2012

Ryan Farquhar hopes all his hard work will pay off as he chases victory on two fronts this evening at the Relentless International North West 200.

The KMR Kawasaki rider was fastest in Tuesday's Superstock qualifying session and is regarded as the favourite for the new Vauxhall Supertwin event, when 12-times winner Michael Rutter, ex-Grand Prix hero Jeremy McWilliams and former British 600cc Superstock champion Jamie Hamilton all line up in the Ulster rider's distinctive colours.

Farquhar says tonight's races are the main point of his focus at this year's North West 200 and after today's final qualifying session was hit by wet weather, the Northern Irishman will start from pole position.

"My Superstock bike is running a bit lean and I've taken it up the road to try and map it, but we're having a bit of a problem," he said.

"It's a complicated issue with the software and I'm finding it hard to map it, but maybe it's nothing to be concerned about and apart from that the bike is going well.

"I'll take things as they come as we shouldn't be far away in either race."

Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley was second fastest on Tuesday but claimed Farquhar benefited from a tow off his GSX-R1000.

Farquhar, though, laughed off the suggestion. "I was nowhere near him," he said.

"He was about 300 yards in front of me. He set off in the first wave and I was in the third wave.

"I could see him at the end of some of the straights but I was never getting a tow from him."

Seeley is being hyped as the big race favourite at the North West 200 and Farquhar believes all the pressure is on the British Superbike rider.

"There's more pressure on him than there is on me - the only pressure on me is whatever I put on myself and I'm not that bothered to be honest.

"I haven't been to the gym because I've been so busy building bikes, so he should be miles in front of me.”

The Dungannon man has three wins to his name at the North West plus nine podium finishes and Farquhar is keen to add to that tally, when he must have a huge chance in the Supertwin race as well as his obvious chances in the Superstock event.

Thursday's poor weather means grid positions will be based on Tuesday's times, with Seeley fastest overall in the Superbike and Supersport classes on his Tyco Suzuki machines.



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