22 September 2010
Ryan Farquhar favourite to retain Duke Road Race Rankings title
With just one round of the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings to run, Ryan Farquhar is almost assured of rewriting the history books by becoming the first road racer to win the prestigious Geoff Duke Trophy for five times, and the first to claim it three times in a row!
It is now almost beyond doubt that Ryan Farquhar, who has dominated the 2010 road racing season, will lift the coveted Geoff Duke Trophy for a record-breaking fifth time, and for the third time in a row.
With just one round of this year's Duke Road Race Rankings to go – the Macau Grand Prix – the Dungannon star enjoys a lead of more than 2,000 points over his nearest rival.
It would seem there is now no chance of him being beaten, meaning Farquhar could be allowed to keep the prestigious trophy – it is rumoured Peter Duke, managing director of Duke and son of Geoff, had promised any rider who topped the rankings three times in a row would be handed the trophy for good.
Farquhar boosted his points tally with another three victories at the Gold Cup meeting at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, taking his total number of wins this year to 58, including six victories on short circuits. He is not expected to race again this season, but it seems unlikely anyone will be able to travel to Macau and score enough points to overhaul him.
Apart from Farquhar, Ian Hutchinson, who has been almost unbeatable when he has appeared on the roads this year, veteran Ian Lougher and Guy Martin, still recovering from his TT smash, were the big scorers in the Rankings at Scarborough.
Hutchy claimed the Gold Cup for the first time in his career – his 10th international win of the season - after mastering the wet track on his Padgetts Honda machine. That boosted his points haul to 1,570, but he remains in fourth place, behind brothers William and Michael Dunlop.
Keith Amor remains fifth, but Lougher, who took three wins at the Gold Cup, moved up four places to sixth and 1,039 points.
Chris Palmer maintained his seventh place, while John Burrows fell two spots to eighth.Martin made it into the top 10 with a leap of five place to ninth, while Michael Pearson only just remains in the top 10 after losing one place.
The final round will be at Macau in late November, the first time the event has been included in the Duke Road Race Rankings.
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