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Farquhar: McGuinness entry will boost profile

'It shows how far along we've come when riders like that want to ride in the Supertwin race' - Ryan Farquhar
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.



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Ryan Farquhar won the inaugural Lightweight TT in 2012
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.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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The Mad Manx Man - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 4:49 PM

Don,t worry Ryan,Mc pints Honda will be at least 650cc betore he sets of down Bray hill. Even John McGuiness cannot give 40bhp advantage to his rivals riding ER6's around the IOM TT course. A bit more start money for John but just a publicity stunt by Honda to sell their CBR 500 as it is the perfect bike for beginners with the new bike test rules.



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