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FARQUHAR’S FANTASTIC SEVEN

This weekend Ryan Farquhar got his 2011 road racing campaign off to a fantastic start at Oliver’s Mount, dominating the Ian Watson Trophy races. The SHARK-supported rider was in excellent form around the woodland circuit and won all seven races he started – including the feature trophy race for the fourth consecutive year. Farquhar now holds 74 race wins to his name round the Oliver’s Mount circuit.

Speaking afterwards, a delighted Ryan said:

“I was really happy with how the 600 was working and the improvements that we’ve made to the bike over the winter appear to have moved us forward so that was very positive although the ultimate test will, of course, come at the likes of the North West 200 and TT. The Super Twin was also working well although I’ve a few changes that I want to make before the Cookstown 100. You can’t expect everything to be 100% right at the very first race but that’s why they’re invaluable as we now know what areas we need to work on and improve in time for the next race. It’s been hard work today with the warm weather but seven wins from seven starts is the perfect start to the season and I’m really happy with how it’s all gone.”

Farquhar’s next race will be at the opening round of the Irish National Road Race Championship, the Cookstown 100 on Saturday 30 April.

Meanwhile, at Assen the third round of the World Superbike Championship took place. Fabien Foret finished on the podium in second place in the Supersport series, but it was tough weekend for fellow supported SHARK riders.

Originally scheduled for 21 laps the Supersport race had to be restarted twice after red flag incidents and was eventually run over 16 laps. At his home race, Foret gave his Dutch team reason to cheer eventually finishing on the second step of the podium, after starting out fourth on the grid.

Popular Brit Sam Lowes, started the race on the front row but crashed out on lap six of the first attempt of a full race, having just moved into second place. The SHARK-rider was taken to hospital following his highside, which led to concussion and a broken left collarbone. The race was then re-started to then be re-started a second time following a two-rider fall at the end of the final chicane. Gino Rea, fell while battling for a podium finish and manage to remount finishing in sixteen position.

In the Superbike class SHARK-riders Troy Corser, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli had mixed weekends. Corser finished within the points in sixth position in race one, however the Australian did not finish race two after a crash on the eight lap. Sykes managed a 11th place in race one, with a 13th position in race two.

The fourth round of the SBK Championship continues on 8 May from Monza, Italy – While the British Superbike Championships starts this weekend at Brands Hatch.

Fabien Foret, Supersport – sixth:

“I am very pleased to take second place and get 20 points after the problems we had in the first two meetings. A few laps from the end I had some issues with the rear tyre so I had to slow down and protect my position. It was a good weekend for us, particularly as I am still not 100% back to full fitness, so to great to be on the podium and take home good points.”

Tom Sykes, Superbike – race one: 14th, race two: 11th:

« I was really confident going into today’s races and we had chosen a set-up and tyre which we felt confident with and I was really comfortable running up front with the leaders. Then the grip levels started to disappear and it was a case of just trying to bring the bike home so for race two, we tried a few different things but it wasn’t our weekend. We need to put these results behind us and look to a significant improvement at Monza. »

Troy Corser, Superbike – race one: sixth, race two: DNF:

“The first race was not so bad, and I was pretty happy with that. For the second race we just made a few adjustments to the rear shock and I think we improved the bike. Then I unfortunately lost the front tyre going into a corner. I am okay with no injuries, but it is a bit disappointing. In the free practice all went okay, but in the race we had some issues with the tyre. But we are now going to analyse that and to improve it for the next race.”

Assen – round 3, Supersport (16 laps):

1 / C. DAVIES
2 / F. FORET (SHARK)
3 / B. PARKES
4 / R. HARMS
5 / D. SALOM
6 / M. ROCCOLI
7 / J. ELLISON
8 / M. PRAIA
10 / B. NEMETH
DNF / S. LOWES (SHARK)
DNF / G. REA (SHARK)

Current Championship Standings:

1 / L. SCASSA 50
2 / B. PARKES 47
3 / C. DAVIES 45
4 / R. HARMS 37
5 / D. SALOM 34
6 / F. FORET (SHARK) 20
7 / M. ROCCOLI 19
8 / J. ELLISON 19
9/ MARINO 17
10 / G. REA (SHARK) 16
11 / S. LOWES (SHARK) 16

Assen, Superbike – race 1 (22 laps):

1 / J. REA
2 / M. BIAGGI
3 / C. CHECA
4 / M. MELANDRI
5 / M. FABRIZIO
6 / T. CORSER (SHARK)
7 / E. LAVERTY
8 / R. XAUS
9 / A. BADOVINI
10 / M. AITCHISON
14 / T. SYKES (SHARK)

Superbike – race 2 (22 laps):

1 / C. CHECA
2 / M. BIAGGI
3 / J. REA
4 / L. CAMIER
5 / L. HASLAM
6 / E. LAVERTY
7 / M. FABRIZIO
8 / N. HAGA
9 / J. SMRZ
10 / S. GUINTOLI (SHARK)
11 / T. SYKES (SHARK)
DNF / T. CORSER (SHARK)

Current Championship Standings:

1 / C. CHECA 132
2 / M. BIAGGI 89
3 / M. MELANDRI 85
4 / J. REA 79
5 / L. HASLAM 68
6 / L. CAMIER 50
7 / J. SMRZ 49
8 / M. FABRIZIO 47
9 / E. LAVERTY 35
10 / N. HAGA 34
11 / J. LASCORZ 26
12 / T. CORSER (SHARK) 26
13 / T. SYKES (SHARK) 26

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