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.

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