Former Grand Prix ace Jeremy McWilliams believes road racing record breaker Ryan Farquhar will be every bit as successful as a team owner and engine tuner in his sadness-tinged premature retirement.
McWilliams retired from full time competition some five years ago after 13 seasons in MotoGP and a brief spell in British Superbikes, and despite it being under somewhat different circumstances to Farquhar, the Glengormley man is busier than ever, and still very much a part of world motorcycling’s ‘inner circle’.
He had some reassuring words of advice for Farquhar, his grieving friend, who sadly lost his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, last week at the Manx, which as we now know, was the catalyst for his decision to finally call it a day.
“Ryan will have plenty of opportunities," Jeremy insisted. "Many people will see this as a knee jerk reaction after what happened in the Isle of Man, but he’s been talking about it for a while now. We actually discussed it in Australia two years ago. Personally, I’m glad he’s not going to be racing 60 or 70 times a year on public roads. He has nothing left to prove, so the time is right,” said McWilliams.
Having ridden for Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team at this year’s North West 200, McWilliams is in no doubt about Ryan’s leadership qualities.
“You know when you ride a bike prepared by Ryan Farquhar, you don’t need to look near it or put a spanner on it – that’s why I rode for him at the North West 200," Jeremy stressed. "Outside of that he has some great ideas and it’s not like he’s stepping out of racing completely. His success with the Supertwins’ class will also bring him a lot of business.
“It remains to be seen what he will do. But for now he just has to sit back and look at the opportunities he’s opened up to himself through racing. And for me that’s either running a team or tuning and preparing very, very good motorcycles for other racers.”