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TT2012: Farquhar out to make point on new superbike
29 May 2012
Ryan Farquhar intends to make a statement in the blue riband Superbike and Senior races at next week's Isle of Man TT races.
Farquhar only rode his new KMR Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike for the first time at the North West 200, but already the 36-year-old has hailed the bike as the 'best I've ever ridden' and is quietly confident he can have a say in the prestigious feature class on the infamous Mountain Course.
Farquhar, fresh from a stunning North West 200 where he won the Supertwin race and filled the remaining two places on the rostrum with KMR riders Jeremy McWilliams and Michael Rutter finishing second and third respectively, also rates his chances in the Superstock class.
Last year, Farquhar endured a miserable TT after a crash at Keppel Gate during the final night of practice ruled him out until the final day, when he ventured out in the Senior race despite feeling decidedly worse for wear.
One year on, Farquhar is ready for another bite at the cherry at the most important road race on the planet and claims memories of last year's mishap won't have an effect on his preparations.
“The crash won't play on my mind. I've put all that behind me and went to the Manx Grand Prix and it didn't affect me at the end of last year,” he told the Belfast News Letter.
“I reckon I'm riding as fast as I've ever rode and I think I'll be stronger at the TT than I was at the North West.
“I'm setting off at number two and with [John] McGuinness going off in front of me I've got something to aim at.
“I don't think I'll be able to stay within 10 seconds of McGuinness, but I've got Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald coming behind me and if I can get tucked in there behind them it will pull me on.”
Unusually for Farquhar, he seems pretty bullish about his chances on the Kawasaki Superbike after gaining plenty of confidence form his performances on the 'big bike' at the North West.
“In the first Superbike race at the North West I was up to second at one stage and to me that was my best ride out of them all because I only rode the bike for the first time on the Tuesday,” he said.
“Thursday practice was wet and there was nothing to be gained, so I was happy to be running at that pace even though I'd had little time on the bike.
“It's the best Superbike that I have ever rode and I've built the bike out of my own money and done everything myself, so hopefully we can get the suspension working properly at the TT.
“I'd like to be able to get into the top six and I don't think it's impossible. If I get the bike set-up right I think we can be there or thereabouts,” added Farquhar, who claimed a memorable runner-up finish in the Senior race in 2010.
Ian Hutchinson made history when he won all five solo races at the TT in 2010, but Farquhar feels the feat could be repeated again this year by 17-times winner John McGuinness, whose form at the North West was ominous for his rivals.
“I'm feeling stronger for the TT but I still think John McGuinness is going to be the man to beat.
“You only have to look at how he rode at the North West, even on the 600 he was only a small distance behind [Alastair] Seeley and William [Dunlop].
“You couldn't rule John out of any race and he'll be strong on the Superstock bike as well.
“John will be up for it and I wouldn't like to be betting the house against him getting a five-timer.”
Farquhar also starts as favourite in the Lightweight Supertwin race at the TT, which is scheduled to take place before the showpiece Senior race next Friday.
Michael Rutter and Jamie Hamilton will ride in Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki colours in the class.
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