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I'd love to race again, says motorbike ace Ryan Farquhar

Injured rider tells of hopes as he revisits crash scene

By Cate McCurry

Published 16/08/2016

Mervyn Whyte with Nico Mawhinney, Ryan Farquhar and Ben Wilson on their return to the Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit following their crashes this year
Mervyn Whyte with Nico Mawhinney, Ryan Farquhar and Ben Wilson on their return to the Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit following their crashes this year
Farquhar’s shocking crash
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in hospital

Motorbike ace Ryan Farquhar has vowed to return to the racing circuit after returning to the course where he suffered life-threatening injuries during a terrifying crash at this year's North West 200.

The top road racer from Dungannon suffered a lacerated liver and six broken ribs in the high-speed accident at Dhu Varren in May, and subsequently shed three stone during an eight-week recovery period.

Farquhar 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.

The 40-year-old admits he has a long road to recovery ahead of him and that it could be years before he is fit enough to race again.

"I don't really want to finish my career the way I am at the minute.

"I would love at some stage to take part in a motorcycle race - not to be competitive, but just to put it to bed possibly. But it's too early yet, it's only three months since my accident," he said.

"I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but I'm far from being fit. It could be a few years down the line before I am fit again, I just don't know.

"I need a bit of time to get things sorted out, I'm sitting out at the side deciding what I want to do.

"I may never be fit enough to take part in a race again, I may never be able to get a medical again."

Farquhar was left in intensive care for two weeks following his accident. He said he has been recovering well from his injuries, adding that he has gained a stone since his release from hospital.

"So far my injuries are coming along well, but I still have a long way to go before I can walk or jog or cycle. There's still a good road ahead of me before I can get back there.

"Karen would be happy for me to knock it on the head, she's been through a lot."

Farquhar joined other top road racers, Ben Wilson and Nico Mawhinney who were also injured during this year's racing event.

North West 200 director, Mervyn Whyte said: "It is great to see all three of these guys back on their feet and returning to the North West 200.

"Ryan, Ben and Nico know better than anyone the dangers of road racing and we really value their support and advice as we strive to improve safety around the track.

"They still have some way to travel with their own recoveries and everyone at the North West wishes them well with that."

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