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Ryan Farquhar steels himself for Dundrod showdown

'I'm not going out to break records at Dundrod because I've had a good year and I'm starting to wind things down' - Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar has no plans to move outside his comfort zone at the 90th anniversary Ulster Grand Prix this week.

The KMR Kawasaki rider has enjoyed a superb season on the roads, winning the inaugural Supertwin races at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

Farquhar intends to scale down his plans as the season reaches a climax and will sit out the Superstock and Supersport races at the Ulster GP, opting instead to focus on the Superbike and Supertwin events.

The Northern Irishman has an opportunity to complete a clean sweep of Supertwin victories at the three main international road races on Saturday, but Farquhar isn't entertaining any premature thoughts of victory.

"I'm not going out to break records at Dundrod because I've had a good year and I'm starting to wind things down," he said.

"It would be nice to win the Supertwin race at the Ulster Grand Prix to complete the hat-trick, but I'm not thinking like that or putting any pressure on myself.

"I'll just take things as they come this week and I'm not going out to break any records.

"We made a massive improvement with my Superbike at Armoy although there are still things I want to try. It's such a tough class and you're up against so many good riders on good bikes, but it's got to the stage now where you'll never win a Superbike race on a 'stocker,” he added.

Farquhar's KMR team-mate, Jamie Hamilton, will also compete in the Supertwin races at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Hamilton faced the possibility of missing the 650cc races at Dundrod after damaging his ER6 in a crash at Armoy last month, but his machine has been prepared in time for the final key international road race of 2012.

The young prospect, who claimed his first victory at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man in July, will also ride a Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Superstock and Superbike races.

Practice for the Ulster Grand Prix and Dundrod 150 meetings gets under way tomorrow.

Final practice and the Dundrod 150 national meeting will be held on Thursday as a warm-up for the main event on Saturday.



Related Pictures

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Ryan Farquhar at the Skerries 100 road races near Dublin
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.

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