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Rested Farquhar set for race return at Cock O’ the North

By Roy Harris

Tomorrow is a busy day in the world of road racing, with the latest round of the Irish championship set for Walderstown between Mullingar and Athlone, while Ryan Farquhar, Adrian Archibald, and Michael Pearson give Walderstown a miss to concentrate on the Cock O’ the North meeting at Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

Last weekend Farquhar had two wins and two runner-up finishes at Skerries, before making the overnight trip to Scarborough for the Barry Sheene Classic meeting where he scored four wins and had a couple of rostrums before calling it a day with fatigue.

Ryan said: “I had a good weekend at Skerries and Scarborough, but I was shattered after travelling between the two.

“I have had a week off now just relaxing, and I am looking forward to the Cock O’the North. I’ve never won the main race at this meeting, so I’ll be giving it my best shot.

“There has been a lot of controversy surrounding me lately, so it has been good to get away from it all, recharge the batteries ready for what is a challenging few weeks ahead, without a real break until after the Manx Grand Prix in September.”

Farquhar has over 50 victories around the famous narrow hillside Olivers Mount circuit, and lies third on the all-time winners list, headed by one of his opponents tomorrow, Ian Lougher, who has won an astonishing 129 races at Scarborough over a 20-year period.

Pearson on the other hand is a relative newcomer to Scarborough, but won this particular race last year, becoming only the second Irishman ever to win this particular title, the first being Philip McCallen in 1996.

Meanwhile the Dunlops, Michael and William, head the entry for tomorrow’s Race of the South meeting at Walderstown, where John Burrows and Davy Morgan, both winners at Bush road races recently, plus local stars Damien Mulleady and John Walsh, provide the main opposition.

William Dunlop has been in quite outstanding form recently, winning four races at Bush, taking a treble at the Manx Telecom Post TT races at Billowen, and furthermore beating Farquhar in an intriguing 125/Moto450 race at Skerries.

Riding his CD Racing and James Delaney machines it could well turn out to be a family battle at Walderstown, with younger brother Michael being the main opposition.

Like William, supersport and superbike are the races Michael would like to win tomorrow around the two-mile circuit, having qualified on pole at Walderstown last year prior to the abandonment of the meeting following the tragic death of Andrew Neill.

Michael said: “A lot of work has gone into the circuit since last year, and I feel I should be strong here. I would like to add my name to the main race winners list.”

The late Joey and Robert are the only riders to have won four races in a day in 1993 and ‘94 at what was originally Fore Road Races.

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