Farquhar delighted with opening night pace

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Ryan Farquhar says he’s delighted with his pace on the opening night of practice for the 2015 Isle of Man TT, topping the time sheets as well as setting his fastest ever Lightweight class time despite less than perfect conditions.

“Conditions weren’t perfect last night – it was very cold and very windy on the mountain – but we got on rightly.

“I had a good ride round with Gary Johnson, but my bike was a lot quicker – I was giving him a tow for most of the way round. It would have been interesting to see what speed he would have done on his own though.”

With the forecast for the early part of practice week giving continuing bad weather – and the prospect of two nights less on track – Farquhar could well have gained a significant advantage over his Lightweight class rivals thanks to finding that early pace.

“It’s not giving the forecast that good for tomorrow, but hopefully by Wednesday we’ll be able to get some time on the bigger bikes and get dialled in too. At least I have a setting now that we can work from on the twin, though, and if we can keep going like we have then we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“There’s a still lot of improvements to be made to the bike though, and a lot more speed to come out of it – but I didn’t think it would have been possible to go quicker than I’ve ever gone before on the first night – everything’s dead on!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer