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Hungry Farquhar is launching a four-pronged attack for TT joy

 

By Paul Lindsay

Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar is set to field a four-strong team in this year's Bennetts Lightweight TT race at the 2017 Isle of Man TT - with Peter Hickman and Danny Webb joining Lee Johnston and Hudson Kennaugh in his KMR Kawasaki line-up.

The quartet will all ride identically prepared ER6 650cc Kawasakis in the four-lap race as triple TT winner Farquhar goes all out to claim victory as an owner in the race he won himself back in 2012.

Hickman will be making his debut in the race having withdrawn last year after being scheduled to ride for John Burrows, and will be among the pre-race favourites, as will Johnston.

He previously rode for Farquhar's team at the 2015 Isle of Man TT and, after lapping at close to 119mph, was sitting in a podium position before retiring on the final lap.

Webb will be making his fourth successive appearance in the race, all of which have been for Farquhar's team.

South African Kennaugh competed in the Bennetts Lightweight TT race in 2015, where he was running on the edge of the top 10 before a spill at Braddan Bridge in the closing stages ended his race.

With Johnston and Hickman expected to be challenging for the race victory, and Webb and Kennaugh strong candidates for top 10 positions, it promises to be an exciting race for KMR Kawasaki. While Farquhar will naturally be disappointed not to be riding himself, he's excited about his team's prospects.

Meanwhile, World Superbike stars Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty both stayed on at Aragon yesterday to test their respective machines prior to the next round at Assen.

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