Ryan Farquhar dominated the Bush Road Races on Saturday, winning all the five races he started. The SHARK-rider, still recovering from the injuries he sustained at the Isle of Man TT, was on top-form around his home circuit taking victories in the Open, Grand Final, Supersport, Supertwins and the 450cc event – Farquhar also set four new lap records.
Farquhar’s next event will be the Barry Sheene Classic Road Races that take place at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough on Sunday 3 July.
Meanwhile, World Supersport’s Sam Lowes took a hard-fought victory in the Buildbase Mallory Park Race of the Year, as well as scoring a new Supersport lap record in very hot and slippery track conditions.
After the first race attempt was red-flagged, the restart got underway with Lowes sitting in fourth position. The young SHARK-rider quickly passed the other riders and battled with his WSS teammate James Ellison, making a heart stopping overtake into the hairpin. Ellison kept the pressure on Lowes for the remainder of the race, but it was Lowes who took the win by 2.4 seconds. Lowes adds his name to coveted Race of the Year trophy alongside the likes of Cal Crutchlow, Tom Sykes and Giacomo Agostini.
« Today’s been spot-on and, to be honest, it’s gone a lot better than I thought it would have done. I’ve been resting up since the TT but my back was still a bit sore and when I saw the rain and mud on the Friday evening I decided to leave the big ZX-10 in the truck and just concentrate on the smaller bikes. The first race was the hardest in terms of my back and ribs but you’re always a bit stiff when you’ve been off the bike for a couple of weeks so once I loosened up a bit and the adrenalin kicked in, it was a lot better. Everything went well in the races and to lead them all from start to finish and take a few lap records along the way was brilliant. The Grand Final was very difficult though as Michael was riding really well and pushing me hard so I had to ride the wheels off the bike to keep him at bay but luckily I did and it completed a really good day for me. Obviously, conditions were tricky with the rain and mud spilling onto the circu its from the fields but the Clerk of the Course made all the right decisions, particularly delaying the racing whilst the oil spillage was cleaned up and it all worked out for the best. I’m now taking a bit of a break from the Irish scene and am taking the family away for a few weeks holiday but I’ll still be racing at the two Scarborough meetings that are coming up along with the Southern 100 so July’s still going to be a busy month for me. »
« I have really enjoyed racing at Mallory Park, it has been good fun and I hope the crowd enjoyed the race. I got my head down once I got past James and knew he would push me all the way. The hot temperature meant there was very little grip so the outright lap record was always going to be difficult, but I am glad to take the Supersport lap record and my first win of the season – now it is back to the World Supersport Championship and I want to win there next. »