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Ryan Farquhar dominates Lightweight TT for third Mountain success

'It's unreal. I've worked so hard for this over the past four years trying to promote the class and building bikes and this is fantastic' - Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar clinched his third victory at the Isle of Man TT races in dominant fashion as he won the inaugural Lightweight Supertwin race by almost half a minute.

Farquhar started the race as the red-hot favourite following his North West 200 success on his KMR Kawasaki ER6 last month.

His winning margin was 28.99 seconds after three laps from James Hillier, who claimed his maiden TT rostrum.

Michael Rutter - whose pit crew included John McGuinness and Steve Parrish - took third position in Farquhar's KMR colours to cap a perfect day for the Northern Irishman, just five seconds behind Hillier.

The British Superbike rider and TT Zero winner had the consolation of setting the best lap of the race at 115.186mph.

Farquhar, who enjoyed a successful week at the TT with third place in the Superstock and second Supersport races, said: “It's unreal. I've worked so hard for this over the past four years trying to promote the class and building bikes.

“I've tried to get as many top class riders onto my own bikes as possible and I'm totally over the moon.

“Michael took third on my bike and I did a lot of work on James Hillier's bike as well – it's absolutely fantastic and it would've been nice having a 1-2-3 but I'll take a bit of credit for the work I did on James' bike!”

Bournemouth Kawasaki ace Hillier added: “I just rode as steady as I could and once I got onto the start/finish straight I knew we were home.

“I'm made up and it's been a good week for us. A win would've been good but I'm still learning and we'll get there and I'm happy.”

Farquhar made his required pit-stop at the end of the first lap as Hillier opted to go straight through, giving the English rider a false lead on lap two until the picture was made clearer when he made his stop at the end of the penultimate lap.

Dungannon man Farquhar was never seriously threatened and with a lead of 10 seconds at Ramsey on the first lap, it was clear Farquhar had the upper hand.

He continued to pull away and when the times were corrected following Hillier's stop, Farquhar held an unassailable advantage, leading by a commanding 28 seconds at Glen Helen.

Farquhar maintained his lead on the final lap as he fulfilled expectations by taking the race win.

Cameron Donald was fourth, 31 seconds down on Rutter, with Russ Mountford fifth ahead of William Dunlop.

Newcomer Jamie Hamilton finished tenth on another of Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki machines.

The Lightweight race was the only event held on Saturday after the organisers opted to cancel the feature Senior race on safety grounds with damp patches around the Mountain course.

A series of frustrating delays put a dampener on the finale to the 2012 festival, with the Lightweight race - put back a day from Friday as a result of poor weather - was originally due to start at 10.45am.

Following a course inspection, the race eventually received the green light and finally got under way at 6.30pm.

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Ryan Farquhar during opening practice for the Isle of Man TT Lightweight class
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.

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Mark Gardiner - Unregistered

June 10, 2012 8:18 PM

Bummer to see the Senior canceled -- but I guess even the TT has to move with the times. In any case, if you want to keep your TT buzz going into the summer, read Riding Man -- available for the Kindle at Amazon.

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