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Ryan Farquhar confident he can make a big impression at TT

'I reckon I'm riding as fast as I've ever rode and I think I'll be stronger at the TT than I was at the North West' - Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar intends to make a statement in the blue riband Superbike and Senior races at next week's Isle of Man TT races.

Farquhar only rode his new KMR Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike for the first time at the North West 200, but already the 36-year-old has hailed the bike as the 'best I've ever ridden' and is quietly confident he can have a say in the prestigious feature class on the infamous Mountain Course.

Farquhar, fresh from a stunning North West 200 where he won the Supertwin race and filled the remaining two places on the rostrum with KMR riders Jeremy McWilliams and Michael Rutter finishing second and third respectively, also rates his chances in the Superstock class.

Last year, Farquhar endured a miserable TT after a crash at Keppel Gate during the final night of practice ruled him out until the final day, when he ventured out in the Senior race despite feeling decidedly worse for wear.

One year on, Farquhar is ready for another bite at the cherry at the most important road race on the planet and claims memories of last year's mishap won't have an effect on his preparations.

“The crash won't play on my mind. I've put all that behind me and went to the Manx Grand Prix and it didn't affect me at the end of last year,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“I reckon I'm riding as fast as I've ever rode and I think I'll be stronger at the TT than I was at the North West.

“I'm setting off at number two and with [John] McGuinness going off in front of me I've got something to aim at.

“I don't think I'll be able to stay within 10 seconds of McGuinness, but I've got Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald coming behind me and if I can get tucked in there behind them it will pull me on.”

Unusually for Farquhar, he seems pretty bullish about his chances on the Kawasaki Superbike after gaining plenty of confidence form his performances on the 'big bike' at the North West.

“In the first Superbike race at the North West I was up to second at one stage and to me that was my best ride out of them all because I only rode the bike for the first time on the Tuesday,” he said.

“Thursday practice was wet and there was nothing to be gained, so I was happy to be running at that pace even though I'd had little time on the bike.

Related Pictures

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Ryan Farquhar during opening practice for the Isle of Man TT Lightweight class
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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