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TT stars pay tribute to roads legend Farquhar

“It's a shame he's retired as he's still very much on top of his game but I wish him all the best and hope he stays involved with the sport.”

Hutchinson, who has been ruled out of the 2013 road racing season following his latest injury setback, said Irish national road racing would “never been the same” without Farquhar.

“Today was the end of road racing as we know it in Ireland, it will never be the same without Ryan Farquhar! Privileged to be part of send-off,” the Yorkshire star wrote on Twitter.

Farquhar – who amassed an incredible 98 victories at Scarborough – said Sunday's final goodbye proved more emotional than he had anticipated.

“It's definitely been an emotional day, probably more so than I'd imagined, but I was really pleased to have been able to do the three parade laps so a big thank-you to Peter Hillaby and the Auto 66 Club for allowing me to do it and for all their support over the years,” he said.

“I've always enjoyed coming to Scarborough so it was perhaps fitting I brought the curtain down on my career here.

“It was great to see such a big crowd and hear them applauding me so a big thank-you to them too and it was a pleasure to see all the boys out on my bikes,” he added.

“I've enjoyed some great battles with them, and other riders like Keith Amor over the years and it was quite unique seeing rivals out on my bikes – I felt very privileged and humbled for sure.”

Farquhar, who became the most successful rider in the history of national road racing with 199 victories during his 18-year career, is determined to continue running his KMR Kawasaki team in 2013.

“Life's going to very different for me now but I really want to stay involved in the sport so will doing all I can to keep KMR Kawasaki going and at the forefront of the road racing results,” he said.

“That's my goal now so, fingers crossed, I'll be in the paddocks in 2013.

“Finally, I'd just like to say thank you to everyone that's supported me during my career, it's meant an awful lot and I'm incredibly grateful for everything.”




Related Pictures

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Ryan Farquhar at the Skerries 100 road races near Dublin
Keith Amor
Peter Hickman
William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki Superstock machine
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Scarborough Spring Cup meeting
William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW
Alastair Seeley on the rostrum at the North West 200
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Cookstown 100
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the Cookstown 100
Dean Harrison celebrates with the Mar-Train Racing team after winning the Senior race at the Scarborough Spring Cup meeting
Guy Martin in action at Scarborough
Gary Carswell
Dean Harrison with the new Mar-Train Racing Yamaha YZF-R1M
Ivan Lintin during practice for the Lightweight TT in 2014
Guy Martin testing the Tyco BMW at Almeria in Spain

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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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