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KMR Kawasaki dominate at Bishopscourt

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« on: April 01, 2014, 06:17:15 pm »

The KMR Kawasaki/SGS International race team got their 2014 season underway in fine style at Bishopscourt last weekend with riders Jeremy McWilliams, Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor scoring a 1-2-3 in both of the Irish Championship Supertwin races.


All three riders were using the meeting primarily as preparation for the International road race season, which gets underway in May with the North West 200, whilst team boss Farquhar and Amor were also looking to blow away the cobwebs after time away from the sport.


Weather conditions were anything but ideal with constant rain in the morning but the first race saw the three riders make a break on the rest of the field and although Farquhar took the lead on the third lap, a missed gear allowed McWilliams to get back to the front. The former GP rider was able to successfully keep Farquhar at bay and crossed the line at the end of the 8-lap race, 0.846s clear with Scots ace Amor in third.


The rain had eased for the second race with track conditions damp and the trio again led the way, Farquhar this time opening up a small gap over McWilliams and Amor. However, on the sixth and final lap he touched a white line and lost the front end, saving the bike but taking to the grass as a result. It allowed McWilliams to take his second win of the day with Amor going on to take second with Ryan in third, just 2.8s covering the trio at the chequered flag.


Meanwhile, fourth team member, Connor Behan, who was having his first ever outing at the Northern Ireland venue, also had a profitable day with seventh taken in the first race before improving to fifth later in the day thus making it four KMR Kawasaki machines in the top five.


Speaking afterwards, a delighted Farquhar said: “We talked a while ago about entering the meeting so once we put the entries in it was all a bit of a rush to get the four bikes ready but, all in all, it was the perfect start to the season. On a personal level, it felt like I’d never been away from racing so it was very pleasing in that aspect and with Jeremy again being the benchmark for us all, we were all riding well and putting in some strong performances. To put it into perspective, the fastest lap of the race would have qualified pole in the Supersport class!”


“Connor was having his first ever rides at Bishopscourt and with only 15 minutes practice, he did a great job too improving his times all weekend and ending up with a top five finish. To get a 1-2-3-5 in the second race was brilliant and all the riders are happy with the bikes so I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.”


The team now head to Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough for the Spring Cup meeting on April 13th where Farquhar will contest both Supertwin races.

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