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KMR Kawasaki to race despite Farquhar and Cooper accident

By Roy Harris

Published 14/05/2016

Start line: Jeremy McWilliams
Start line: Jeremy McWilliams

The Kawasaki racing team has agreed to compete in today’s four lap race as scheduled depite being deeply saddened by the serious accident involving Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper.

Jeremy McWilliams, Danny Webb and Darren James made the joint decision and all three riders will be on the grid.

Thursday’s race was a dramatic affair firstly red flagged when an oil tank went on fire close to Station Corner, with black smoke encroaching on to the race circuit.

Then on the re-start Farquhar and Cooper, running 1-2 at the time, crashed heavily exiting the Dhu Varren section of the course with the red flags again displayed.

After undergoing a successful operation in the Royal Victoria Hospital Farquhar is now in a stable condition with doctors expecting the Dungannon man to make a full recovery.

Cooper meanwhile was taken to Causeway Hospital with shoulder injuries, but discharged last night and was back in the race paddock.

As a result the final race positions were declared after the leaders had completed three laps before the red flags were displayed handing a maiden North West 200cc victory to Ivan Lintin riding the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

Celebrations were muted under the circumstances, as both he and second place finisher James Hiller just avoided being caught up in the Farquhar/Cooper incident.

Lintin said: “It’s great to take my first North West win, however I would have liked it to have been under different circumstances and I wish Ryan a speedy recovery.

“Hopefully I can repeat the win on Saturday.”

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