DUNGANNON motorcycling champion Ryan Farquhar was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast last night after suffering a horrific accident at the North West 200.
The five times North West 200 winner, suffered chest and pelvic injuries when he and another rider were involved in a high-speed crash during the Supertwins race.
The crash, which happened at the Black Hill section of the course near Portrush, led to racing being abandoned for the night.
Forty-year Farquhar was airlifted by police helicopter from the track after the accident to the Royal where he is currenty in intensive care.
A well-known figure in motorcycling, Farquhar was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Ulster Herald Awards in 2011.
He retired from the sport in 2012 following the death of his uncle Trevor Ferguson at that year’s Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man, before resuming his road racing career in 2014, saying that his family backed his decision to return. He is the most decorated rider in Irish road racing history with over two hundred wins on Irish roads at international and national level.