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McGee joins forces with Ryan Farquhar for 2018 season

By Roy Harris

Triple Irish road race champion Derek McGee is joining forces with the Ryan Farquhar IEG KMR Kawasaki Team for the 2018 Supertwin road race season, nationally and internationally.

Farquhar delivered the news during a break in last night’s Northern Ireland Open Snooker final at the Waterfront, which he was attending as a keen fan.

Ryan said: “Derek was to ride one of my bikes at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod. I was running some new parts and he was to test them, but they failed and he didn’t get out in the first practice.

“We had a machine for second practice and the race, but it just wasn’t to be as he didn’t get to race after being taken out by Adam McLean at the hairpin in the race before the Supertwin.”

Things have moved on since then as Ryan explained: “For 2018 I wanted a rider on our Supertwin capable of running at the front in the local road races and the big three internationals and I believe that Derek fits that bill perfectly.

“As everyone knows, the class holds a special place in my heart and having helped RST boss Johnny Towers in his last few races to clinch the Thundersport Supertwin championship, we have carried on working and believe KMR Kawasaki can put out race winning machines.

“We are trying to sort things out for the North West 200 next May and then the intention is to have four bikes at least on the Supertwin TT grid in the Isle of Man and also a good turnout for the Ulster Grand Prix next August.

“Derek will have his own machines for Supersport and Superbike, but as far as the Supertwin goes KMR will do all the preparation work.”  

This is a great opportunity for 31-year old McGee from Mullingar to join one of the most well respected teams in the paddock and maybe even learn a thing or two from the man who holds the record for most wins in Irish road racing. Sadly, Ryan’s career ended in a serious North West 200 crash in 2016,  which, but for the expert medical intervention by the event medical team, may well have had worse consequences for the Dungannon man.

Nevertheless, he spent a long time recovering from multiple injuries.

McGee burst onto the road race scene during his home race at Walderstown in 2011 winning the Support 750cc race and promptly won nine races in the class before the season finished.

Since then McGee has climbed the ladder to become one of the forces to be reckoned with at any national event and has started to impress at international events actually winning the 650cc race at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix from James Cowton, Daniel Cooper and Glenn Irwin.

In 2017 his results included five second places at the Cookstown 100, his S100 debut in the Isle of Man saw him best newcomer in 125/400cc Lightweight, Senior and Solo Championship races.

At Armoy he finished third in the Race of Legends behind the two Dunlop’s, Michael and William, won the Supertwin, finished second behind Michael in Supersport and Open races.

Certainly Derek can be guaranteed one of, if not the best prepared machines on Supertwin grids with Ryan Farquhar the man with the knack of making one of these motorcycles go very, very fast.

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