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2019 North West 200: News From The Paddock

Just some of the most interesting bits of news coming from the North West 200 paddock, following Tuesday’s qualifying sessions, include a unique award given to Ryan Farquhar.

The KMR Kawasaki team manager is officially a Guinness World Record holder, having received recently a certificate, certifying that he is now the World Record holder in terms of pure road racing victories.

A collector of in total 357 race wins!, yes you read that right, his immense racing CV includes multiple TT, North West 200, Ulster GP successes, seven Duke Road Race Rankings titles, and over 100 victories at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.

Seventh fastest in first Supersport qualifying, Paul Jordan competing this week on a Logan Racing Yamaha, will switch to ZX-6R Kawasaki machinery for the Monster Energy Supersport encounters at TT 2019, competing as in the 1000cc classes, under the Dafabet Devitt Racing banner.

Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston topped the speed trap timing’s during the Supersport, Superbike, Superstock qualifying sessions, respectively setting recorded speeds of 173.1, 195.7 and 196.3 mph.

Heading the Super Twins speed trap timing’s was class pace setter Jamie Coward, nudging just past the 157 mph mark.

Honda Racing have recently provided via Twitter, an explanation for the control fuel issue, which has seen Ian Hutchinson’s Superstock Q1 times wiped.

In a short statement, they stated:

“Unfortunately there was pump fuel left over from testing in the tank of Ian’s bike, which contaminated the race fuel used in yesterday’s practice.

There was no issue with the fuel in Davo’s bike. We apologise to Ian and look ahead to getting back out on track tomorrow.”

Alongside Honda Racing, racers to comment via Twitter on yesterday’s action on the Triangle course, included Penz 13 BMW’s Davey Todd.

Eighth fastest in Supersport qualifying, the second quickest newcomer in TT history said:

“Had a mega day yesterday at the North West 200. The Penz bikes were awesome and we made a great start.

P8 on the Milenco by Padgetts Racing mount, which was mint! We’ve got a little more to do, but I know we’ve got the right package for Thursday.”

Commenting via Facebook, RAF Regular & Reserves backed Gary Johnson, issued quietly assured confidence about his 675 Daytona Triumph steed, after a solid first Supersport qualifying session.

The two time TT winner stated:

“First session out on the Triumph yesterday at the North West 200. Engine feeling strong, the team have been working hard. Thanks guys! Few changes and we’ll be there.

Can’t complain about the weather, hoping it stays that way for the rest of the week. If you’re heading to the North West 200, come and say hello. More to come from me and the team this week, watch this space!”

Photo by Rod Neill

Reminder tomorrow sees race action at the FonaCAB International North West 200 In Association With Nicholl Oils, begin in the evening with Supersport, Super Twin and Superstock competition scheduled to take place.

With more good weather forecast, allied to top quality fields, we’re guaranteed tomorrow world class, pulsating, thrilling NW200 action.

Words by Stevie Rial