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Farquhar back at track for first time since horror North West 200 crash

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/07/2016

Ryan Farquhar and his daughter Keeley at Armoy road races yesterday
Ryan Farquhar and his daughter Keeley at Armoy road races yesterday
Ryan Farquhar with Michal Dokoupil and Derek Sheils

Motorbike ace Ryan Farquhar returned to the track yesterday at the Armoy Road Races.

The 40-year-old had to use a crutch to get around, but he was in high spirits.

It was the first time the Dungannon man had been seen trackside since his terrifying crash at this year's North West 200.

He suffered a lacerated liver and six broken ribs in the high-speed accident in May, and subsequently shed three stone during an eight-week recovery period.

Ryan was rushed to intensive care in Belfast after the incident, and wife Karen later told the Belfast Telegraph that without the surgeons who helped her husband, he would have lost his life.

After he left intensive care, Ryan and his wife thought that he was out of the woods.

However, a few days later, he was taken back into the unit after a relapse that was brought on by a suspected infection.

"I'm lucky to be alive, " Ryan told this newspaper earlier this month.

"I'm very fortunate that I've been given another chance, and the main thing for me is to get my health sorted out first and foremost.

The Co Tyrone rider and Dan Cooper came off their bikes on the Black Hill section of the course.

Cooper was taken to hospital with shoulder injuries, but he was later discharged.

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