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Business as Usual for Record Breaker Farquhar!
22 June 2009
After what was for Ryan Farquhar a disappointing Isle of Man TT, he was back to his top form at the Bush National Road Races, the ninth round of the Duke Road Race Rankings 2009.
The Dungannon man, who already has one-hand on the prestigious Geoff Duke Trophy for 2009, scored a first ever four-timer at the 3.3 mile venue, breaking and later improving on the outright lap record during what only could be described as a dull, showery day at the South Tyrone course.
Already a three-time winner of the Ranking Series, Ryan opened his account at Bush with a 54-second victory in the 650cc Supertwins race, following that with a win in the 600cc Supersport race, setting a new outright lap record in the process at 86.696 mph to head home fellow local rider John Burrows by 17 seconds. His third chequered flag came in the Open Superbike Race, once again in front of Burrows, but by the lesser margin of 13 seconds.
In the Grand Final, Farquhar once again led from start to finish to win by 10 seconds from his rival of the day John Burrows. Whilst the margin seemed adequate, in the early stages of the ten lapper the Kawasaki rider had to up the outright lap record again, this time to 87.917 mph, which on the final lap was equalled by a flying Michael Dunlop on his 600cc Yamaha, who took the final podium place, after having started in the second group of riders, 10-seconds behind. No mean achievement.
Earlier in the damp conditions Michael Dunlop had won the eight-lap Ultra Lightweight 125cc race by 0.177 of a second from Nigel Moore after a race long battle.
Yet another 'local' Andrew Neill took the laurel wreath in the Lightweight 250 race from Michael Dunlop with Barry Davidson filling the last podium place.
Ryan Farquhar has broken the 2000 points barrier and is only 155 points short of his total in 2008 which won him the Rankings title!
Michael Dunlop is consolidating his second place 266 points ahead of his elder brother William, who is a mere six points ahead of Senior TT winner Steve Plater.
John Burrows climbs 12 places to claim sixth position after his achievements at the Bush Road Races.
Andrew Neill advances 14 positions from 36th to 22nd. Whilst Barry Davidson and Nigel Moore both re-enter the 'top 50' in 25th and 28th spots.
In all 56 riders have now scored 100 points or more in the opening nine rounds of twenty-five, with 273 riders having scored points so far.
The fourth running of the Bush National Road Races was a credit to the Dungannon & District MCC, with no less than five lap records being bettered on the day, including the outright course record twice.
The next round at Athea in Southern Ireland on Sunday 28th June sees the start of a hectic series of eight road races - Skerries; Cock o'the North; Walderstown; Southern 100; Jurby South; Kells and Faugheen before the end of July!
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