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Ryan Farquhar blitzes opposition at Mid-Antrim road races

'I wasn't sure if I was going to race this weekend but I took the bull by the horns, got the bikes sorted and came along and I'm glad I did now' - Ryan Farquhar
Fresh from his success at the Isle of Man TT, Ryan Farquhar was a cut above the opposition as he won five races at Saturday's Mid-Antrim 150 National road race at Clough in Northern Ireland.

The KMR Kawasaki rider – who claimed his third victory on the Mountain Course in the inaugural Lightweight Supertwin race – was the class act in a depleted field on a day hit by changeable weather conditions.

William and Michael Dunlop plus fellow Ballymoney man Adrian Archibald opted to sit out the event.

That left 36-year-old Farquhar as the overwhelming favourite to further enhance his record as the most successful National road racer ever and the Dungannon man made the most of the opportunity.

He won the Open and Grand Final feature races, plus the Supersport, Supertwin 650 and Moto450 events to wrap up a dominant five-timer at the 3.5-mile circuit near Ballymena.

A satisfied Farquhar said afterwards: “After having a few hectic weeks at the North West and TT, I wasn't sure if I was going to race this weekend but I took the bull by the horns, got the bikes sorted and came along and I'm glad I did now.

“It's tough at the moment for everyone and with a number of meetings being cancelled later in the year, I think it's important I do what I can to support the clubs as best I can as I'd hate any of them to disappear.

“I think it was appreciated and it's just such a shame for the Mid-Antrim club that the meeting was affected by the weather again,” he added.

“We got a full day's racing in though and although it was still quite damp and greasy off the racing line and out the back of the circuit, a dry line was there and I was able to complete most of the day with an intermediate front tyre and slick rear.”

The organisers switched the meeting from its traditional August date to a new June slot in the hope of benefiting from improved weather, but sadly Friday's practice was hit by rain while damp conditions returned on Saturday.

However, the event at least was run in its entirety after a huge setback in 2011, when a malicious oil spill and torrential downpours saw the Mid-Antrim cancelled.

Farquhar, who now has 21 victories under his belt already this season, is the event's most decorated rider, having claimed 22 wins since 2003.

He also holds the outright lap record of 109.423mph set in 2007.



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