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Farquhar wins Cock o' the North trophy

Ryan Farquhar secures victory in the Cock o' the North event, heading off a determined by Michael Pearson.
Ryan Farquhar has retained his Cock o' the North trophy Oliver's Mount after a last lap move on long-time race leader Michael Pearson secured him the win.

Farquhar, riding the KMR Kawasaki, was on the tail of Pearson for much of the race but left it until the final stages to overtake at Mountside Hairpin, a pass that secured him the trophy for another season.

The victory was his third over the two day event after Farquhar secured wins in both Supertwins races, but it was his Cock o' the North triumph that pleased him most, Farquhar shrugging off defeats in the two preceding Superbike races – both won by BMW rider Pearson – to claim the feature event.

“It's been a bit of an up and down weekend but I'm over the moon to have rounded it off with a win in the Cock o' the North race and take the trophy for a second successive year. I'd had to give second best to Michael in the previous two Superbike race and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get the better of him as he was riding really well whilst I was constantly making changes to the bike to try and improve the handling.

“The bike doesn't seem to work the same at any circuit and just when you think you've found a good set-up, you have to start again but I'm starting to understand it a lot more now so we're making progress.”

“I was making changes all weekend and the bike was at its best for the main race so I sat behind Michael and waited to make my move although he was riding very defensively so it was tough going but I squeezed through on the final lap to take a good win. Ivan Lintin pushed me hard in the two Supertwins race but I managed to open up a gap towards the end of each race to take two good wins there and the only disappointment was the 600.

“We had a few problems in practice when it refused to fire up and although I got a good start in the race it felt like it was going to seize so I pulled the clutch in and coasted to a halt. I've got some work to do now to sort it out as we don't know if it's an electrical or mechanical problem but when I get home I'll strip the bike down and make sure I'm all ready for the next race.”



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Ryan Farquhar - KMR Kawasaki [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
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