Farquhar and Amor return to race the Isle of Man TT

Former TT racers to return as team-mates to compete in the 2014 Lightweight TT

BOTH Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor are to make a shock comeback to the Isle of Man TT after retiring in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

Farquhar and Amor will become team-mates for the 3-lap 2014 Lightweight TT race where they will both be on identical 650cc ER6 machines under Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki banner. 

Amor achieved five TT podiums during his career and is currently the 12th fastest rider ever to have lapped the Mountain Course at 130.177mph with the Dungannon rider 0.294s back with a lap speed of 129.883mph. 

Making his TT debut back in 2002, Farquhar has since won the first ever Supertwin TT race in 2012 along with the 2004 Production 600 TT and 2005 Supersport TT as well as featuring another 13-times on the podium.

Farquhar made his decision to retire after the death of his Uncle Trevor Ferguson at the 2012 Manx Grand Prix to spend more time with his family, but continued to run his own full team. The 37-year-old won his last race before retiring during the 2012 Manx Grand Prix.

Ryan Farquhar explained his reasons for the comeback: "My heart is still very much in the TT and I want to be part of what happens on the track again. I also want to develop the KMR ER6 Kawasaki package further and the best way to do that is to ride the bike myself so I can fully evaluate the changes I’m making.

"But the deciding factor for me was to have the opportunity to team up with Keith Amor. Keith was the hardest rider I have ever ridden against and I have always had the upmost respect for him as a rider and a person. I am delighted to be welcoming him to KMR Kawasaki."

Shoulder injuries sustained during a crash at Quarter Bridge in practice at the 2011 Isle of Man TT forced Amor to retire at the end of the 2011 road racing season with the Ulster Grand Prix being his last race. Despite the injuries, the Scotsman continued his 2011 TT campaign for the Honda TT Legends team and finished top five in all five TT races he started.  

Amor concluded: "When Ryan called me with this opportunity it didn’t take long to say yes. Ryan and I have always had a lot of mutual respect from our days racing together in Ireland and I know better than most how good a bike he can build.

"I’ve never ridden a Supertwin machine but I guess if you are ever going to ride one, they don’t come much better than a KMR machine. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the TT Course with no pressure and just concentrating on having lots of fun."

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