Irish roads hero Ryan Farquhar has launched his KMR Kawasaki team for the forthcoming 2011 season.
The most successful rider in Irish National road race history will again be contesting the three International road races and the majority of the National road races but will also run a second rider this year with Adrian Archibald, another legend in Northern Ireland, joining the squad on a Super Twin machine.
Farquhar will run under the KMR Kawasaki banner for the third successive year and has taken delivery of two of the all-new ZX-10R Kawasaki machines, one for the Superstock class and one to be run to Evo-spec rules for the Superbike races, which he hopes will enable him to add to his International tally of wins, especially having come so close in 2010 when he finished second in the Superstock TT.
He again has the use of two 600cc machines for the Supersport class whilst he'll once more campaign a full season on the ER6 Super Twin.
Having expressed his desire to run a second rider during 2011, a number of discussions since took place and it's regular rival Archibald that has secured the ride with the duo relishing the prospect of working together and giving the fledgling Super Twin class an even bigger boost.
All machines under the KMR Kawasaki stable will be campaigned in the customary red and black colours with the exception of Ryan's Superstock machine which will be run in traditional Kawasaki green.
For 2011, Ryan is delighted to welcome a number of new sponsors to the team, notably Manx Gas and BA Components.
In addition, Dawson Engineering (Portadown), Manx Telecom, Donaghy Motorhomes (Letterkenny), Arrow Exhausts and Furygan Leathers are also new sponsors for KMR Kawasaki in 2011 which should further add to the presence of what is one of the most professional teams within the sport.
Naturally, the three International road races - the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster GP - will be Ryan's main focus but, in what promises to be another busy year, he'll also contest the Southern 100, all races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, the Manx Grand Prix and the majority of the Irish National road races.
He also hopes to run a couple of riders at the Manx GP in September.
Farquhar said: "I'm delighted the new season is almost upon us and it's great to have everything in place for, hopefully, another strong year. I've been fortunate enough to retain my loyal sponsors from 2010 whilst it's great to welcome so many new ones on board, particularly Manx Gas, BA Components and Dawson Engineering.
“The last two seasons have been superb and we're in a great position to challenge for even more race wins this year. I've got fantastic support behind me, probably more than ever before, and the success at the International races will be the main aim, particularly the TT.
“Kawasaki have again helped tremendously and wanted me to run a second rider this season and, after discussions didn't work out with another rider, I spoke to Adrian.
"I wanted to run someone who I knew I could rely on, works hard and puts in 100% effort and commitment. Adrian fits that bill and is the perfect man for the job. We go back a long way and have the utmost respect for each other so I'm really looking forward to it. It can only be good for the class."
Archibald added; “It’s going to be a very interesting year for me and I’m really looking forward to working with Ryan and his team. We spoke about working together a while ago and we’ve always been friends so it’s something that can only be good for the sport and, obviously, for the Super Twin class.
“It’s a new class for me but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so, all being well, I’ll be able to run at the front and gain more publicity for Ryan’s team. He’s always been very professional so I think we can have a good season together. I’m still as hungry for success as I’ve always been so I’m very excited about 2011 and can’t wait for the first race.”
The first outing for the team and both riders will be the Ian Watson Spring National road races to be held at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough on Sunday 17th April.