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Clogher Bullet signs for Tyco BMW in 2018

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Clogher Bullet signs for Tyco BMW in 2018 thumbnailKeith Farmer

TRIPLE British champion, and reigning 600 Supersport champion, Clogher's Keith Farmer will return to the British 1000 Superstock Championship next season, having agreed terms with local race team, Tyco BMW.

Farmer, who won this championship back in 2012, had been in talks with various other teams including Team EHA, but the promise of a Superbike ride in 2019, if he can win the 2018 Superstock Championship, was certainly the bait Farmer needed to make up his mind.

Speaking to the Tyrone Courier, a delighted Farmer said: "Superbikes is really where I want to be, but Superbike rides just don't turn up, and in many cases, one needs to find a big budget.

"With Tyco, the onus will be on me to produce the goods next season, and all being well, the rewards will follow. I had been in talks with a few teams, but Philip has been a man of his word, and with the Superbike carrot, I'm more than happy to join the Tyco BMWteam for next year."

 

Keith a former triple Irish Supermoto Champion, made his circuit debut in 2010, where he only contested six races, but his results were good enough to convince the talented rider to get across the water and try his hand on the mainland, where the competition is much tougher.

 

The Clogher Bullet went on to win the British 600 Superstock Championship at his first attempt, before repeating the same performances the following season in the 1000 Superstock class, where he rode for the legendary Paul Bird race team.

 

Bird gave him a chance in the Superbike class, but on reflection, maybe it was a tad too soon, with various minor problems hindering what could have been another impressive season.

 

The following season didn't produce the results expected, but in 2016, Keith rode a Honda in the 1000 stock class, ending the season in third place after performing miracles on the Honda, which wasn't the most competitive machine in this class.

 

With no offers on the table for 2015, Keith sat out the season, and looked set to do likewise this year again, as he explains: "At the start of 2017, I talked to various teams and there was the same problem, all looking mega money.

 

"Unfortunately I wasn't in the position to buy my way into any teams, and was more or less resigned to being a spectator again in 2017, until I got a phone call from Robin Appleyard as a last minute replacement for Luke Jones, who had been injured.

 

"The agreement was for three rounds, but Luke's hand wasn't healing as well as hoped, and Robin then agreed for me to complete the season on the bike, and, what a season, nine wins and the 2017 Dickies British 600 Supersport championship!"

 

This result proved again just how talented the Clogher rider is, and unfortunately in todays times, motorcycle racing is more business orientated, unlike many years ago, when a rider gained machinery on merit, but thankfully, Keith has got 2018 sorted on merit.

 

Keith will get his first run on the German machinery next January when he sets off for a couple of weeks' testing in Spain.

 

Michael Laverty rejoined the Tyco BMW team last month alongside another former Supermoto star, Christain Iddon.

 

Ian Hutchinson is still recovering from injuries received at the IOM TT and whilst still likely to remain with the team, we could be in for a surprise announcement with a two year deal with another team.

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