Video: Racing star Ryan Farquhar will stay retired

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MOTORCYCLING star Ryan Farquhar has said he is unlikely to return to road racing, after announcing his retirement last year after the tragic death of his uncle Trevor Ferguson.

During a webchat on the News Letter website on Thursday night, the Dungannon man, who won over 200 races in his career, accepted that he would find it tough watching the racing from the sidelines.

He also revealed that George Best was his number one sporting icon.

When asked about the safety of road racing which has claimed many lives in recent years, he said the danger was a fact of the sport.

“Motorcycling will always be dangerous, especially road racing, there are things that can be done to improve safety for riders and spectators. In most cases they will cost a lot of money and the money is not always available.

“But the majority of spectators want to get as close to the action as possible which is not always the safest thing to do,” said Mr Farquhar.

Another reader asked if he would come out of retirement.

He replied: “At the minute I feel I will stay retired. I do intend taking newcomers around certain tracks like the North West 200. As for riding a classic or a Super Twin I just don’t know at this stage.”

Farquhar said he was looking forward to his new KMR Kawasaki team taking part in all the major road races this season including the North West 200.

You can read the entire webchat here




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