Irish road racing champion Ryan Farquhar has been offered the legendary Mike Hailwood Ducati to ride in the Isle of Man TT races.

The Ducati, which was last raced in 1978 when Hailwood won the formula 1 TT, will be updated by a team headed by Hailwood's son David.

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Dungannon ace Farquhar said:

"I have had tentative talks with David Hailwood but nothing has been firmed up. In the meantime I have been offered Kawasakis to ride in the two TT races - the Superbike and the Senior. I have made no decision."

Hailwood achieved one of the greatest feats in motorcycle history when he won the formula one TT on the Ducati which was sponsored by Sports Motorcycles in l978.

He had been out of action for 11 years before making that amazing come back and he won again in l979.

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