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KMR Kawasaki Unveil All Star Bennetts Lightweight TT Rider Line Up

Ryan Farquhar’s vastly successful KMR Kawasaki team has secured the services of four of pure road racing’s, most respected and high profile competitors for the Bennetts Lightweight race at TT 2018.

Alongside reigning Irish road race Superbike champion Derek McGee, Joey Dunlop Championship winner Peter Hickman, third in last years Lightweight encounter, returns to the KMR squad.

Speaking about his new Super Twins TT deal, twice Macau GP champion Hickman who for many is amongst the prime favourites, in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races, stated:

“I really enjoyed riding for KMR Kawasaki last year. I didn’t have much experience of riding the bike and qualifying was ruined by the weather so we went into the race on the back foot a little bit, but it is a testament to Ryan and his team that we were able to bring the bike home on the podium.

Ryan has been developing the bike through the winter and with a bit more time on it, I’d like to think we can stand a step or two higher up on the podium this time around.”

Photo by Jim Gibson

Frohburg lap record holder Danny Webb, who’s proven over the years to have a deft touch aboard 650cc machinery, like team mate Hickman has the undoubted talent to contend this June, for a spot on the rostrum.

Completing the KMR team for TT 2018, goes by the name of well, only Mountain Course great John McGuinness!

Since the re inclusion of the Lightweight class into the TT Races in 2012, Morecambe’s McGuinness has been one of a select few front running TT contenders, yet to jockey a Super Twin.

This will all change in a few months time, as the 33 times international road race winner joins forces with fellow multi TT champion, Ryan Farquhar.

Speaking about gaining the services of long time front running, international roads rival McGuinness for TT 2018, delighted KMR, Team Owner, Farquhar stated:

“Over the years I’ve joked with John many times about riding one of my bikes, but with his Honda contract it was never going to materialise.

He has moved on from Honda and he sees the twin as giving him a realistic chance of getting back on the top step of the podium.

For me, as a privateer running a small team, I am over the moon to have him and Peter Hickman on KMR/IEG Kawasaki’s.”

New KMR employee McGuinness, added:

“I’ve never had the chance to ride the Lightweight class on a Super Twin bike before, but when the opportunity came around, I knew that my first choice would be to ride one of Ryan Farquhar’s bikes.

I’ve raced against Ryan for many years, and I know how driven he is to win and his machine preparation is second to none.

So when he gave me the chance to join his team for the TT, I didn’t need to think twice before saying yes and I am really looking forward to making my Super Twins debut.”

Words by Stevie Rial