Ulster road racer Ryan Farquhar is now in a stable condition in hospital in Belfast after a serious accident at the North West 200.

The 40-year-old came off during the Supertwins race on Thursday evening, sustaining chest and pelvic injuries.

Farquhar, Ireland's most successful Irish National road racer, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and was later described as 'seriously ill'.

However, on Monday, the event organisers confirmed that he has been moved out of intensive care.

A statement said: "The Belfast Trust have confirmed that Ryan Farquhar has now left the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and is in a stable condition."

Gloucestershire's Dan Cooper was caught up in the incident as he disputed the lead of the race with Farquhar, but escaped with shoulder injuries and has since been released from hospital.

Two other Northern Ireland riders, Nico Mawhinney and Paul Gartland, are in a stable condition in the same hospital following separate accidents.

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