Richard Cooper disqualified from North West 200 Supertwins races after modification found to have breached rules

Richard Cooper disqualified from North West 200 Supertwins races after modification discovered to have breached guidelines

Richard Cooper has been disqualified from the 2 Supertwins races and had his wins faraway from him after an unlawful modification to his machine.

he Englishman was knowledgeable earlier than the second of the 2 races within the class on Saturday afternoon {that a} protest had been lodged by one other crew in opposition to his machine.

It is believed the grievance arose from the way in which a bearing had been hooked up to the body of his JMC Roofing Kawasaki and initially he was not permitted to compete within the second race because of the protest.

Team chief Ryan Farquhar contested the choice, which allowed Cooper to race, and he would go on to safe the victory simply over 11 seconds forward of Joe Loughlin, his second of the day after successful the primary race by 8.413 seconds over Pierre-Yves Bian.

However, a stewards’ investigation has led to the dedication that the modification was in breach of the principles and subsequently the Englishman has been disqualified from the races and had the wins stripped from him.

Instead, Bian (VAS Engine Racing Paton) is now the winner of the primary Supertwins race, with Loughlin (ILR/Coverdale Paton) deemed the winner of race two.

It’s a bitter blow for Cooper, who had a wonderful weekend as he not solely received the 2 Supertwins races but additionally picked up two podiums within the Superbike class, the outcomes of that are unaffected.

At the time, crew chief Farquhar spoke out strongly in opposition to the protest and insisted his crew gained no benefit because of the modification, describing the grievance as “bitter grapes”.

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“It’s a load of b******s, actually,” the outspoken Farquhar advised BBC Sport Northern Ireland after the second Supertwins race had been accomplished.

“They advised us we had been disqualified however I fought my nook to get Richard on the grid. We put an attraction in and that is the place we’re at. I do not know (what the state of affairs is).

“The bike has been by scrutiny all week and it is seen to be seen what the bearing is being maintain on with. There’s no efficiency gained with it in anyway.

“If they disqualify us, it is bitter grapes. I’m properly used to it, it looks as if wherever I am going it is discrimination in opposition to me.”

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