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.”