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Racing abandoned after high speed crash

  • PUBLISHED THU 22:30, 12 MAY 2016
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  • UPDATED FRI 23:29, 26 AUG 2016
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Two riders were reported to be in a stable condition after a high-speed crash during a race at the North West 20 on Thursday evening.

Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper came off their bikes during the Supertwins race.

Race organisers said neither rider was thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident.

Farquhar, 40, from Dungannon, was airlifted by a police helicopter and was being treated in a Belfast hospital for chest and pelvic injuries.

Cooper, 28, from Stroud in Gloucestershire, was taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine with shoulder injuries.

Farquhar is a well-known figure in motorcycling and has won five races at the North West.

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Racing was abandoned for the night following the accident and event organisers issued an update, saying both were in a stable condition.

Earlier, an air ambulance had been deployed when a rider was hurt during a practice session.

Nico Mawhinney from Castledawson crashed at the Mill Road roundabout and was transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

There has been a campaign to get an air ambulance for Northern Ireland, and a fund to help achieve this is the official charity at this North West 200.


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