This weekend SHARK’s supported racers took to two different racetracks for the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ road races on Saturday in Ireland, and MotoGP at Laguna Seca in America. Road-racer Ryan Farquhar added two further wins to his 2012 season, while championship points were collected in America.
In difficult weather conditions, SHARK’s Ryan Farquhar (KMR Kawasaki) claimed two wins at the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ in Northern Ireland, in the Supertwins and 450cc races. Farquhar also claimed three further podiums in the Superbike, Supersport 600c and the Grand Final. Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team-mate – and fellow SHARK supported – Jamie Hamilton took a solid eighth in the Superbike class. In the Supertwins race there was little between the team-mates, when Hamilton crashed out of the race after trying to out-brake Farquhar.
The next road race for Farquhar is the Ulster Grand Prix on 8-11 August.
Meanwhile in America the MotoGP championship continued without the Moto2 and Moto3 classes this weekend. SHARK’s Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) finished seventh in his first race at the circuit. Bradl lost the battle for sixth to Nicky Hayden, who has more experience at the track than any other rider. Moto2 and Moto3 will return when the championship continues from Indianapolis 17-19 August.
Ryan Farquhar: « It’s been a challenging day with the ever-changing weather conditions but they improved as the day wore on and we all got some good races in. The Supertwins race was going well for the team until Jamie crashed and I was lucky not to get caught up with him. Luckily he was ok but it’s a real shame as the bike is pretty badly bent and there might not be enough time to get it repaired for the Ulster. I managed to hold on to the win and that just left the Grand Final where I had a great battle with Michael. The Superbike’s about 95% there now and I’m just struggling to get the engine braking sorted but it was a real good race. It was a just a pity backmarkers came into play at the end as it would have been nice to have gone into the final lap with it all still to play for but I’m happy enough. I’m happy with the bike and I’m definitely going in the right direction so, overall, it’s been a solid day. »
Stefan Bradl: “Actually it was a positive debut for us in Laguna. I am quite happy about this seventh place. In general it was a pretty difficult weekend for us, because we mainly started to work on the bike Saturday afternoon as on Friday I had to learn the track. Basically in the beginning of the race I was quite comfortable on the bike, because we had full fuel on board, but after ten laps I started to lose confidence compared to Dovi (Dovizioso) and (Cal) Crutchlow due to the front end issues that we already had yesterday. From that moment it was too dangerous for me entering the corners with the same speed. Then I tried to keep Nicky (Hayden) behind me, but I could see he was faster than me. I think we have done our best and we keep this experience for next season.”