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Ryan Farquhar right to call it a day, says Burrows

'Ryan has nothing left to prove to anyone in the sport. He's absolutely shattered by what has happened and is in a really bad way' - John Burrows
Northern Ireland road racer John Burrows says he fully supports Ryan Farquhar's decision to quit the sport.

Isle of Man TT star Farquhar announced his retirement last week following the death of his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, at the Manx Grand Prix.

Mr Ferguson was riding Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki Supertwin machine when he was involved in a fatal accident while holding second place.

Burrows told the Belfast News Letter: “Ryan has achieved so much in the sport and is one of the superstars, but I'd like to see him stick by his decision to quit.

"He has nothing left to prove to anyone in the sport. He's absolutely shattered by what has happened and is in a really bad way," he said.

"I know that Ryan's wife Karen is delighted with his decision and although this is a hard sport to walk away from, there is more to life than motorbikes.”

Burrows was a close friend of Mr Ferguson and paid a heartfelt tribute to the Co Tyrone rider, whose funeral took place yesterday.

"Trevor was much more than a friend to me. He just wasn't another rider in the paddock," said Burrows.

"We cycled together and did trials riding together - we socialised together and it's just so terrible.

"My life will go on, but poor Doris [Mr Ferguson's wife] and his kids will never be able to put it out of their minds for a long time.

"No-one had a bad word to say about Trevor. He would have moved a mountain for you.

"He was such a safe and steady rider and he didn't care whether he finished first or last and I can say that from my heart.”

The final Irish road race of the season takes place at Killalane near Dublin tomorrow.



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Michael Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.
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