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Ryan Farquhar returns to rostrum at Isle of Man TT

'To get a podium in the Superstock race is like a dream come true and although it's a shame I couldn't hold onto second, I'm still over the moon with the result' - Ryan Farquhar
A disappointing start to Northern Ireland road racer Ryan Farquhar's Isle of Man TT campaign was tempered by a superb rostrum result in the Superstock race on Monday evening.

The KMR Kawasaki rider, who will start as the race favourite for the Lightweight Supertwin race on Friday morning, had looked poised to finish in the runner-up spot behind John McGuinness until he was overhauled by fellow Ulsterman Michael Dunlop on the final lap.

Nonetheless it was a commendable performance by Farquhar, who missed most of TT 2011 following a crash during practice at Keppel Gate and made up for his retirement from the Superbike race on Saturday and his earlier misfortune in the Supersport race, when a flat battery ruled him out of fifth place on the final lap.

“To get a podium in the Superstock race is like a dream come true and although it's a shame I couldn't hold onto second, I'm still over the moon with the result,” he said.

“We had a fair few problems with the bike and I'm very grateful to John Duggan who we borrowed an engine off and also John Holden who lent us a gearbox.

“I really enjoyed the race and although I didn't get the best of starts, I managed to stay in touch with John and could see him in the distance at a number of places around the course so knew we were pretty even,” added Farquhar.

“He began to edge away from me so I concentrated on staying in second but in the final lap, my feet started slipping off the pegs due to an oil leak so I just rode as hard and as steady as I could.

“I take my hat off to John for the way he rode at the head of the field and to be sitting here next to him and Michael [Dunlop] is something I'm very proud of.”

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2pt joe - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 8:25 AM

Ryan is a credit to both himself and other non factory teams. A few more people with his attitude in the paddock wouldn'tgo a miss . Best of luck for the rest of the week.

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