There should have been victory celebrations in the KMR Kawasaki camp on Wednesday night following a Dungannon double, with Ryan Farquhar taking his 10th MGP win in the 500cc Classic event and Nigel Moore in the Supertwins race.
But triumph very quickly turned to tragedy when Trevor Ferguson, Farquhar’s uncle, lost his life after crashing out on lap two of the Supertwins race on one of his nephew’s ER6 Kawasaki machines.
The 48-year-old father-of-three, from Castlecaulfield, crashed at the Nook whilst challenging for a podium finish and the news that followed has shocked and saddened the closely knit motorcycling fraternity.
Farquhar was never troubled in the 500cc class aboard his exotic Paton machine, taking nineteen seconds out of his rivals in the opening nine miles of the four-lap encounter.
And when his main rival Olie Linsdell retired at the Mountain box on lap two, Farquhar was able to cruise to victory by just over five minutes from second placed man Chris Swallow.
Afterwards, Farquhar said: “Conditions were tricky in places but I just got the head down and had a steady start and went from there.
“I’d just like to thank Roger Winfield for another fantastic bike and to all the marshals for doing such a great job.”
The biggest drama surrounded third placed finisher Chris Palmer — the adopted Manxman having to push his 499cc Matchless machine in from Governor’s Dip after running out of fuel, much to the delight of the crowd and the enthusiastic MGP marshals.
In the Supertwins’ class, Moore was also a prolific winner by 1min, 51.12sec and was followed home by fellow Irishmen ‘Micko’ Sweeney and Brian Mateer.
Dave Madsen Mygdal took his first MGP victory in the Formula Classic race on a 750cc Triumph by over a minute from Mark Parrett and Adam Ward.