Grief-sticken Ryan Farquhar has confirmed his retirement from road racing with immediate effect, following the tragic loss of his uncle Trevor Ferguson during last Wednesday’s Supertwin Manx Grand Prix.
Top rider Ryan spoke from the heart as he announced his decision, saying: “I don't ever want my wife Karen and two girls to go through anything like Trevor's family are suffering. Our whole world has been turned upside down.”
The Dungannon ace is now also considering the future of his KMR racing team of which Trevor (48) had been a member and was riding one of Ryan's machines when he crashed.
Ryan had earlier in the day won the 500cc Classic Manx Grand Prix, his 10th win at the event, and it will go down as his last ever road race win, whilst Nigel Moore went on to win the Supertwin race on another KMR machine.
With Trevor in second place at the time of the accident, what looked like being a huge day of celebration for Ryan and his team instead ended in heartbreak.
Still distraught Ryan said: “For me, racing will never be the same again and I’m absolutely gutted by the tragic events of last week so I’ve decided to stop racing with immediate effect.
“Trevor played a huge part in my career and I made my debut on his bike back in 1995 — I was six-years-old when I first saw him race and he was with me from the very first day of my own racing career right up until the very last.
“My Supertwin means more to me than any other bike and Trevor was the only person I’d ever let ride it. He was the safest rider out there and I never in a million years thought something like this would happen.
“I know he died doing what he loved and he was getting boards to say he was on course for a podium place so I know he would have had a big smile on his face and enjoying himself to the full.”
Ryan retires as the most successful rider in the history of Irish road racing with a staggering 199 wins to his name. A multiple winner at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, the 36-year old also won the inaugural Supertwin races at all three of the International road races in 2012 and will go in the record books as one of the greatest road racers the sport has ever seen.
He admitted: “I would have loved to have equalled Bob Heath’s record of 11 wins at the Manx, made it 200 National road race wins in Ireland and 100 at Scarborough later this month but it’s not meant to be. It’s too early to say what the future holds for KMR Kawasaki but, if I can, I’d like to continue running the team.
“I love the sport dearly so I’d like to pass on my experience to a good, young rider in 2013, hopefully Jamie Hamilton who's recently joined the team, but it will all depend on what sponsorship we can pull together. Right now, though, there are more important things on my mind.
“I wish I wasn’t retiring under such terribly sad circumstances but it’s happened and we’re all trying to get through each day as best we can. I'm hoping Jamie will race at both Killalane and the Scarborough Gold Cup as I know Trevor would want that.
“I’m also hopefully going to take the bikes out for a couple of parade laps at Scarborough to say thank you to all my sponsors and fans as the support I’ve received from people during my career has been tremendous. I’d like to bring Karen and the girls and Trevor’s family with me too so we can all say a big thank you to everyone.”