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Cookstown 100 Results 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011
Farquhar swept the three premier class races at Cookstown  a pair of Superbike wins and victory in the lone Supersport contest.

KMR Kawasaki's Ryan Farquhar claimed five victories at the 2011 Cookstown 100, including both Superbike races and the lone Supersport contest.
Ryan Farquhar kicked off the Irish Road racing season in fine fashion, the KMR Kawasaki rider claiming five race wins at the Cookstown 100. The 2.1-mile race takes place on the public roads in County Tyrone, with the native Irishman taking victories in pair of Superbike races and lone Supersport contest, as well as the 450 and Super Twins races.

The three premier class races featured tight finishes, the podium rider's combined times all within a second of each other. Farquhar took the six-lap Open class Superbike race over Cameron Donald by 0.558 with Guy Martin in third. Donald and Martin both made their road debuts for new teams - Donald switching to Martin's Wilson Craig Honda and Martin on Donald's old TAS Suzuki. Michael Dunlop, now racing a Kawasaki in the Superbike races, claimed fourth in the Open race.

The Supersport race saw Dunlop set a new lap record at 89.169 mph aboard his Yamaha mount, but it wasn't enough to best Farquhar or even find the podium. Farquhar just nipped the second-place Donald by 0.175 for the top position. Once again Martin was third and Dunlop fourth.

The Grand Final race, the second Superbike affair, saw Farquhar eek out his win over Dunlop by a mere 0.151. The third-placed Martin set a new lap record at 90.932 mph, himself just 0.588 behind the winner. Donald would take fourth on the Honda.

"Five wins from five starts - it doesn't really get any better than that," said Fahquhar in a statement on his website. The 2010 Irish Road Racer of the Year went on to say: "The races today were again very tough and I had to work extremely hard for them as all the top riders were here, which makes them even more satisfying. In the first Open race, Cameron got by me along the start and finish straight as his Superbike had a bit more speed than the Superstock bike but I got by him soon after and just rode as hard as I could to keep him at bay."

"In the Grand Final, I was leading the pack but then outbraked myself going into the first corner which allowed Michael Dunlop to overtake me but I dug deep, followed him for a couple of laps and then made my move on the final lap holding him off until the end. The Supersport race was also close between myself and Cameron, and I caught my knee on the grass at one stage, but, again, I just had enough to hold on."

For Martin a trio of third-place finishes was a positive road course debut for the TAS Suzuki squad. The English rider used the Cookstown race, his first return to the Orritor circuit in seven years, as preparation for the upcoming North West 200 and Isle of Man TT - victories at both prestigious venues notably absent from Martin's CV.

Photographer Derek Clegg snapped the carnage of Czech rider Michal Dokoupil crashing his Kawasaki in the first Superbike race - 2011 Cookstown 100Guy Martin in action at the Cookstown 100 for his new TAS Suzuki team. The English rider scored three podiums at the County Tyrone circuit.
Photographer Derek Clegg snapped the carnage of Czech rider Michal Dokoupil crashing his Kawasaki in the first Superbike race (top). Suzuki's Guy Martin had three podium finishes during his road course debut as he prepares for the upcoming Isle of Man TT (bottom).
"We can't be disappointed," said Martin in Suzuki PR. "We learnt a lot more about the bikes and set a new lap record, so job done. I'm a racer and I want to win but we are making progress and this weekend served its purpose. I didn't want to take any un-necessary risks even though I felt comfortable, especially with the North West just a couple of weeks away. It's always worthwhile getting a run out on the roads and between this week and last weekend at Brands, as I say, we're making good progress."

The next stop on the Irish Road Racing schedule is the Tandragee 100 on May 7. Following Tangragee will be the North West 200 on May 21 and the Isle of Man TT, with practice May 30 - June 3 and the TT races themselves June 4-10.

2011 Cookstown 100 Open (Superbike) Results:
1. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki)
2 Cameron Donald (Honda)
3 Guy Martin (Suzuki)
4 Michael Dunlop (Kawasaki)
5 Derek Sheils (Honda)
6 William Dunlop (Honda)
7 John Burrows (Suzuki)
8 Adrian Archibald (BMW)
9 Davy Morgan (Suzuki)
10 Andrew Courtney (Yamaha)
11 Shaun Anderson (Suzuki)
12 Stephen McKnight (Yamaha)
13 Andrew Brady (Suzuki)
14 Gary Robinson (Yamaha)
15 Andy Farrell (Yamaha)

2011 Cookstown 100 Grand Final (Superbike) Results:
1. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki)
2. Michael Dunlop (Kawasaki)
3. Guy Martin (Suzuki)
4. Cameron Donald (Honda)
5. Derek Sheils (Honda)
6. William Dunlop (Honda)
7. Michael Pearson (Yamaha)
8. Adrian Archibald (BMW)
9. Davy Morgan (Suzuki)
10. John Burrows (Suzuki)
11. Shaun Anderson (Suzuki)
12. Andrew Courtney (Honda)
13. Andy Farrell (Yamaha)
14. Stephen McKnight (Yamaha)
15. Brian McCormack (Honda)

2011 Cookstown 100 Supersport Results:
1. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki)
2. Cameron Donald (Honda)
3. Guy Martin (Suzuki)
4. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha)
5. Michael Pearson (Yamaha)
6. William Dunlop (Honda)
7. Gary Robinson (Yamaha)
8. Derek Sheils (Honda)
9. Wayne Hamilton (Yamaha)
10. Adrian Archibald (Yamaha)
11. Michael Sweeney (Yamaha)
12. William Davison (Honda)
13. John Burrows (Yamaha)
14. Davy Morgan (Yamaha)
15. Seamus Elliot (Yamaha)
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