The SGS International/KMR Kawasaki team had another superb day at Saturday’s International North West 200 road races as Jeremy McWilliams won the 4-lap Supertwins race and with team boss Ryan Farquhar in second, it gave them their second 1-2 result in a row.
Farquhar led in the early stages but there was literally nothing in it with Ryan, Jeremy and Jamie Hamilton continually swapping the lead as they slipstreamed each other at speeds close to 150mph. Each rider took it in turns to lead and on the third lap, Jeremy and Ryan somehow managed to give each other the thumbs up on the high speed run from Station Corner to University.
Going into the final lap, Ryan was in the lead once more but it was still anyone’s race and all three riders had their turn in the lead approaching University. Hamilton made a mistake though and dropped back meaning it was a straight fight between the two team-mates for the second half of the lap.
Jeremy hit the front going into the Mather’s Cross chicane and immediately opened up a small cushion which he was ultimately able to maintain despite a moment on the entry and exit of the Metropole. Ryan gave it his all along the coast road but it wasn’t quite enough and he crossed the line in second for a reversal of the result on Thursday evening.
Ryan Farquhar: “It’s fantastic to see one of my bikes on the top step again and that’s waht matters most. After Thursday’s race, I knew Jeremy would be strong again so for us to have another 1-2 makes me equally happy. It’s great for the sponsors and everyone connected with KMR Kawasaki and fair play to Jeremy. He’s such a professional and such a great rider, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to have him in the team.”
“I had a wee problem on Thursday with the bike jumping out of gear and it meant I was using second gear in a few places today instead of first but there’s no excuses from me. I rode as hard as I could and the better man beat me on the day. It’s been a superb North West 200 for the team but we won’t be sitting on our laurels and will be working hard now to make sure we have the best possible chance at the TT.”
Practice for the Isle of Man TT Races gets underway on Saturday 30th May.
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