Ryan Farquhar has welcomed the news that John McGuinness will contest the Lightweight Supertwin race at the Isle of Man TT.
Morecambe star McGuinness is due to ride the all-new Honda CBR500R in the event, which will take place prior to the Senior TT on Friday, June 7.
It will be McGuinness's debut in the class on the Mountain course, when he will ride under Phil Morris's RLR banner.
Northern Ireland team owner Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki machines have dominated the Supertwin category at the international road races, with Farquhar victorious in he class in 2012 at the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix before retiring from the sport.
He will ride his Vauxhall KMR team again this season, when Jeremy McWilliams and Michael Rutter are linked to a return on the Ulsterman's bikes at the North West, with Rutter also expected to contest the TT on one of the KMR ER6s.
Farquhar feels McGuinness will help boost the profile of the class further this year, but added: “I'm not sure how they will get around the regulations because the rules say that when the bike is manufactured it has to be 650cc – it has to be from a homologated bore and stroke.
“So we'll wait and see how it plays out but yes it's good that McGuinness has entered because it will help raise the profile of the class.
“It shows how far along we've come when riders like that want to ride in the Supertwin race," he told the Belfast News Letter
Kawasaki filled the top eight places in the Lightweight race last year, with Farquhar winning from James Hillier and Rutter, who set the fastest lap at 115.554mph.