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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling - By Stephen Dav­i­son ROAD RAC­ING REPORTER

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.”

Far­quhar will also race his own su­per­stock BMW and Kawasaki twin

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