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Ryan Farquhar planning new one-make road racing series

'I feel it's the right time to introduce something like this with the success of the Supertwins at the North West and TT and try and build on the back of that' - Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar believes he can revive the flagging fortunes of national road racing in Northern Ireland by introducing a new one-make series in 2013.

Farquhar has been the driving force behind the thriving Supertwin 650 class, which was included in the race schedules at both the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT for the first time this year.

And now the 36-year-old is confident he has the ideal solution to breathe new life into road racing at domestic level by offering competitors an affordable package to continue racing in today's challenging economic climate.

The KMR Kawasaki rider dominated the Mid-Antrim 150 meeting at the weekend, where a severely depleted grid and dwindling spectator numbers only served to bring the worrying state of national road racing in Ireland into focus.

Among the notable absentees were William and Michael Dunlop, Adrian Archibald, Davy Morgan and Michael Pearson.

Their absence from the grid coupled with poor weather undoubtedly had an adverse impact on spectator attendance, but national meetings in general are beginning to flounder under the unceasing strain of the global downturn.

Only three races are likely to run in southern Ireland this summer, including Skerries, Walderstown and Killalane.

“I'm going to propose that we get a one-make series up and running next year, with all the bikes pretty much standard and built to the same specification,” Farquhar told the Belfast News Letter.

“I've a few meetings lined up with companies that want to be involved and we'll look at how support they can give and what it will cost to put a bike together.

“I'm trying to get a sponsor on board to get a decent prize fund together for the championship and everyone I have spoken to so far is up for it.

“I don't see why it won't work,” added Farquhar, who intends to base the new one-make class on standard-spec 650cc Kawasakis.

“I feel it's the right time to introduce something like this with the success of the Supertwins at the North West and TT and try and build on the back of that.

“The way I see it, National road racing has to be made more affordable,” he added.

“It will be an affordable option and it's the perfect chance to let new talent shine through on the roads.”

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Ryan Farquhar on his KMR Kawasaki Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT races
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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Smokin' - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 4:44 PM

Can't blame him for trying, but its a bit cheeky! The one make series he talks about already exists in the form of MiniTwins. Originally developed in about 2002 and based around the SV650 but open to any twin cylinder machines up to 650 (or 800 for aircooled). The SuperTwins is a development of that concept started by the Irish (not Ryan) allowing far more modifications, and the ER6 appears to be easier to tune hence not many SVs in SuperTwins anymore (although they originally dominated). Forget setting up a race series just for Kawasakis and simply run the immensely popular MiniTwin rules. Lots of cheap race prepped bikes out there already.

Buzz Beurling - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 2:09 PM

I think this is a great idea..and Farqy should surely get an award for services to raod racing...the guys enthusiasm never ceases to amaze me..top bloke...We really need to keep these amazing races alive and well.

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