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TT stars pay tribute to roads legend Farquhar

'He's been a class act and a top professional and what he's achieved in the sport deserves the ultimate praise so good on him' - John McGuinness
International road racing titans John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson have paid tribute to Ulsterman Ryan Farquhar following his retirement from the sport.

KMR Kawasaki boss Farquhar participated in a special parade lap at the Scarborough Gold Cup meeting in North Yorkshire on Sunday to mark the end of his stellar career.

The 36-year-old from Northern Ireland opted to hang up his leathers following the death of his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, who was killed while riding Farquhar's Kawasaki ER6 in the Supertwin race at the Manx Grand Prix.

Farquhar vowed never to race again following the tragedy and said farewell to his fans at the final Irish national road race of the year at Killalane earlier this month, when he was joined on an emotional parade lap by fellow Co Tyrone rider John Burrows, who also quit the sport as a result of Mr Ferguson's death.

'Hutchy' and Isle of Man TT legend McGuinness joined Farquhar at Scarborough along with Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Jamie Hamilton and Robbie Silvester, when all six accompanied him on three laps of the Oliver's Mount circuit on a variety of his KMR machines.

McGuinness, who took his tally of TT wins to 19 at the TT in June, said Farquhar deserved the “ultimate praise” for what he has achieved in the sport.

“It was a pleasure to take part in the parade laps with Ryan and it was really good of him to invite me - it was a very nice gesture and I felt quite emotional being out there with him,” he said.

“We've had a lot of battles over the years, in all classes, and I've always had the utmost respect for him both on and off the track.

“He's been a class act and a top professional and what he's achieved in the sport deserves the ultimate praise so good on him,” added McGuinness.




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Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
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Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.

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srad - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 10:22 PM

Thanks Ryan, massive thanks for all the pleasure & excitement over the years, hope KMR works out fine and we can continue to see your immaculately prepared machines out on the circuits.



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