TYCO BMW: GU FARQUHAR IN
MCN EXCLUSIVE Three-time TT winner Ryan Farquhar to replace Guy Martin in the Tyco BMW squad at this year’s Isle of Man TT
In a shock move, veteran Irishman Ryan Farquhar will replace Guy Martin in the Tyco BMW squad at this year’s TT.
Tyco’s popular Lincolnshire star has opted out of the Isle of Man event to compete in a cycle race in America, leaving the seat of his BMW S1000RR free for 40-year-old Farquhar to ride in the Superbike and Senior TTS.
“When Guy said he wasn’t doing the TT the ride became available and it all just fell into place,” the three-time TT winner explained. “I was at the right place at the right time and that is often how these things work out. For me it felt as if it was just meant to be.”
It is the second time the man who has won over 360 road races has joined the ranks of Philip Neill’s TAS team. In 2006 Farquhar was set to race Suzukis for the Northern Ireland-based squad but the venture ended before it began after he was badly injured in a crash at the Cookstown 100.
The Dungannon man has been synonymously linked with Kawasaki machinery for most of his career but recent events prompted him to consider other options for 2016. He said: “I have been Kawasaki through and through but there was a big launch of Team Green and I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t asked to be part of it after everything I had done with Kawasaki.”
“When I spoke to them about a deal on the new ZX-10R I was just going to get the same offer as any other Tom, Dick or Harry. BMW made a much better offer and I thought it was time to make a new start.”
Farquhar and new boss Neill have their sights set on success with the S1000RR superbike for 2016. “There were lots of people interested in riding the bike but there were a lot things that made it work with Ryan,” Neill explained. “First there is history between us and to me it is a nice way to bring the negative that we had in the past to a positive conclusion.”
Neill also wanted an experienced team-mate for his other 2016 signing, Ian Hutchinson. “It is no secret that our focus on the TT this year is heavily based around Hutchy, and although there was plenty of interest from young riders and newcomers in racing for us we decided not to go down that route,” he said.
“Ryan is hands-on and he has plenty of experience from a bike set-up point of view. I have huge respect for what he has achieved in racing and he was so enthusiastic about doing this. He will be a big asset to the team.”