During the Manx Grand Prix in September speculation was rife Ryan Farquhar, who has dominated road racing for much of the past three seasons, was about to announce his retirement.
However, the Dungannon star has confirmed he will be back in 2011 and intends to continue his domination of the sport. To ensure there's no doubt he is still the man to beat, he added another three wins and the outright fastest lap during his final meeting of the season.
The KMR rider took a hat-trick of wins at the Gold Cup meeting, as well as setting a new lap record for the Oliver's Mount circuit in Scarborough. The victories brought Farquhar's win tally at Oliver's Mount to 22 this year, his overall tally of triumphs on the road to 52 and his overall number of victories, including short circuit races, to 58.
“It's been another fantastic year for myself and the team and I just want to thank all my sponsors and supporters who have been 100% behind me all year long. We've had a lot of success and enjoyed some great races and if it wasn't for them none of it would have been possible.”
“I'm looking forward to the winter break now and will be back to do it all again next year!”
Farquhar was in superb form in both the wet and dry and was able to take the Darran Lindsay and Phil Mellor trophies as well as a new lap record, becoming the first man ever to lap the 2.41-mile woodland circuit in less than 1 minute 45 seconds.
He took a comfortable a win in his Superbike heat on Saturday, also lapping within a whisker of Guy Martin's outright lap record.
In the opening 125cc/450cc race Farquhar had a race-long battle with Ian Lougher, the Welshman eventually coming out on top on his 125cc Honda by just 0.25s.
However, Farquhar didn't have to wait long for his first race win, dominating the first Superbike race to win by more than 4 seconds, and claiming the outright lap record with a stunning lap of 1m44.932s.
Win two came shortly afterwards with a 7-second victory on his ER6 650cc Kawasaki win in the first leg of the Minitwins.
Sunday was wet and windy, which meant his outright lap record would not be beaten, but there was still plenty of racing to be done.