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Farmer is back on track and looking good for a bumper Brands Hatch harvest

By Paul Lindsay

Ulsterman Keith Farmer aims to put the disappointment of his debut season in British Superbikes behind him, when he takes to the grid for round one of the 2014 season at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday (April 21).

Now with the PR Kawasaki, the former National Superstock 600cc and 1000cc champion, has also rid himself of a virus that punctuated his season last year, and despite not having ridden a motorcycle competitively for the best part of seven months – he fully enjoyed a recent test at Cartagena.

"It was great to be back on the bike, but also a bit of a shock to the system, but in a good way," said the Clogher man, who now resides in England.

"The test was really positive, but I had to hold myself back a bit as I don't want to be doing anything silly at the start of the year," he added.

On his new team, Farmer can't wait for the flag to go up on the new campaign.

"Yeah, I really enjoyed riding the bike and got some great feedback and we ended up going better than expected which was a bonus," said Farmer.

"My crew chief, Kev Stephenson used to work with Phillip McCallen and Steve Hislop and has also worked with Rob McElnea.

"He's given me a lot of confidence back for the new season."

Farmer's goal is for consistency in 2014, but with the raw speed he showed in 2013, I'd expect to see him challenging some of the more fancied regulars for a top six spot in time for the BSB Showdown cut off in September.

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