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Farquhar eyes second high five at Cookstown

By Paul Lindsay

The Cookstown and District Motor Cycle Club will celebrate their 90th anniversary by providing a top class entry for this weekend’s Cookstown 100 Road Races, sponsored by KDM Hire.

With 22 wins at the Cookstown 100, Dungannon’s Ryan Farquhar will head up an impressive entry list with virtually full grids in all classes, but can he win five races and equal his amazing feat from Bush Road Races last season?

“I’m not putting pressure on myself to win five races on Saturday, but if it happens it happens,” was Farquhar’s reply.

“I’m just hoping to get things dialled into place for the North West and TT, as everything I’m doing will revolve around those two meetings this year. This past few years at Cookstown I’ve had some decent results, and they’ve made quite a few improvements to the circuit, so I’d say it’s going to be a bit faster.”

Stiff opposition will no doubt come from Michael Dunlop and the Wilson Craig Honda duo of Cameron Donald and William Dunlop while TAS Racing will be giving Guy Martin a much-needed run out at the event on their stable of Tyco Suzukis.

Also on the entry list are Derek Shiels, Michael Sweeney, John Burrows, Michael Pearson, Adrian Archibald, Davy Morgan and Maria Costello.

John Simpson, the 2010 National Superstock 600cc champion has had a less than memorable start to his European Superstock campaign with the Trickbits/FBM Performance Triumph team – but the Antrim lad is confident of improvement starting at the iconic Monza circuit next weekend.

“I’ve got to keep reminding myself that everything’s brand new to me on the European stage and I’m encountering a lot of things for the very first time. Eugene Laverty has been a great help, showing me round the tracks, so I’ll be looking to repay the faith he’s shown in me with points’ scoring finishes as soon as possible,” he said.

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