NW200: Ryan Farquhar’s team issues positive update

Ryan Farquhar pictured before the start of Thursday's Supertwin race at the North West 200. He is still seriously ill
Ryan Farquhar pictured before the start of Thursday's Supertwin race at the North West 200. He is still seriously ill

An official statement issued by Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team says doctors are very optimistic that the injured racer will make a full recovery.

The 40-year-old Dungannon rider’s condition was described as seriously ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after he sustained chest and pelvis injuries following a crash in Thursday’s Supertwins event.

However, on Friday afternoon, the official statement said he was making good progress and confirmed that his KMR Kawasaki team would participate in Saturday’s Supertwins race, with Jeremy McWilliams, Danny Webb and Darren James riding in the famous orange and black livery.

The statement said: “Following on from an incident in last night’s Supertwin race at the International North West 200 involving team owner Ryan Farquhar, KMR Kawasaki have today (2.30pm) announced that they intend to compete in tomorrow’s Supertwin race as scheduled.

“Farquhar was leading Thursday evening’s race when he crashed at Dhu Varren on the third lap, later being taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

“The 40-year old had a successful operation late last night and is now in a stable condition with doctors stating they are happy with the progress he has made thus far and are very optimistic he will make a full recovery.

“KMR Kawasaki were also running Jeremy McWilliams, Danny Webb and Darren James in the class and the team have made a joint decision today that all three riders will be on the grid for Saturday’s four-lap race.”