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So lucky to get to reflect on exciting career: Farquhar

 

Ryan Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar's recent induction into the Irish Motorcycling Hall of Fame was recognition as one of the greatest of our road race talents - in fact, he holds the record for the most Irish national and international road race victories with 211 over a 21-year period.

Farquhar's overall total of 357 race wins - including cross channel victories, 109 of those at Scarborough - have been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The 43-year-old Dungannon man has five North West 200 victories, nine Ulster Grand Prix wins, four Dundrod 150 successes, the most wins at the majority of individual Irish national meetings - resulting in 13 Irish road race championships - and seven Duke Road Race Ranking titles, five of which were successive from 2008 to 2012.

Joining the likes of Ray McCullough, Joey Dunlop, Eddie Laycock and Brian Reid in the Hall of Fame, Farquhar told the Belfast Telegraph: "I've had a fantastic career and I'm still here to tell the tale, whereas there were a lot of other fantastic road racers who had great careers but never got the opportunity to sit back and look at what they achieved over their racing lives. From that point of view, I'm very lucky as I was very close to becoming one of those riders who had that chance taken away from them."

A serious accident during a 2016 North West 200 Supertwin race exiting Dhu Varren ended Farquhar's racing career, but he still continues his association with the roads through his highly successful KMR Racing team that has had much success in Supertwin racing at international events.

"I'm very thankful to people who gave me my big breaks," Farquhar continued.

"Steven Ewing then Winston McAdoo and Kenny Harker were instrumental in my career, plus my wife Karen. I have some great memories of those early days, a small van with a few bikes, getting a few wins and having the craic - special times."

Belfast Telegraph