Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Motorcycling: Farquhar waiting for an apology over Cookstown 100

Ryan Farquhar will be allowed to compete in the same race as 125cc bikes on his 450 single at the Mid Antrim and Armoy road races — but the row rumbles on.

Farquhar is demanding the return of points and prizemoney after taking victory in the class at the Cookstown 100 then later being excluded from the results.

The Dungannon rider has appealed that decision.

He said: “I felt I was being made a scapegoat. Everything I have done is by the book.

“I’m now waiting to hear where we go from here.

“I would like to think the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre will be making an apology.”

Farquhar sat out the Bush road races after being told that the 450s would have to start separately and have separate prize-money from the 125s.

A statement issued by the Road Race Commission has reiterated that the 450 bikes can be part of the 125cc events.

“As agreed on 26 October 2009, 450 machines will run concurrently with 125cc machines and one grid will be formed as per official practice times,” the statement said.

“Prize-money will be paid as finishing position on the road and the championship will be a 125cc/450cc national championship.”

The Road Race Commission had discussed the matter at a meeting in Dundalk on Monday night.

Farquhar, who had threatened to boycott the remainder of the Ulster road racing season over the dispute, added: “The guidelines were clearly set out last winter and I built the bike to the appropriate regulations using my own money. I put a lot of effort and money into this bike.”

A Motor Cycle Union of Ireland spokesman said last night: “Ryan Farquhar’s appeal is with the MCUI so we will not be commenting as it could prejudice the outcome of the appeal.”

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