Farquhar still hungry for a big bike TT win
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Three years ago Ryan Farquhar announced he was retiring from racing. Now, having recently celebrated his 40th birthday, Irelandõs most prolific race winner is back and is targeting his maiden superbike TT victory.
ÒI have come back into racing but IÕM not racing week in, week out,ó he explains. ÒIT is all about getting the balance right. Up to 2012 it was eat and sleep motorbikes, seven days a week. Thatõs all life was and it wears you down. Iõve started doing other things now; clay pigeon shooting, playing golf and going on holidays with my daughters.ó
ÒI am still as passionate about racing as ever and I still feel I am riding well,ó he says.
ÒITÕS not as if I am not on the pace or over the hill.ó
Farquhar says joining Tyco BMW will give him an opportunity he has not had before.
Òthe days of going to the TT and getting on the podium on a superstock bike against superbikes are over, it isnõt going to happen,ó Farquhar says.
ÒIÕVE tried building a superbike to compete against these big teams in the past but when it comes to the big three the NW200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix you need a team with the budget and the experience to compete at that level. Thereõs so much electronics involved in it now and I am the first one to admit I just canõt do it.ó
The Tyco squad have had a year of development with the new S1000RR and Farquhar hopes to hit the ground running.
ÒI think it is fair to say that Tyco BMW came on leaps and bounds from where they started last season to where they finished,ó he says.
ÒI feel that they are probably in a situation where their superbike is capable of winning the TT. I have trained harder than Iõve ever trained, IÕM hungrier now than I have ever been before and itõs a chance I never, ever thought I would get. I wonõt be letting it slip through my fingers.ó
Alongside his Tyco outings, Farquhar will race his own superstock-spec IEG BMW and a SGS/KMR Kawasaki ER6 supertwin at the NW200, Irish Nationals and Scarborough.