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Farmer is relishing return to Superstock action


By Roy Harris

British Supersport champion Keith Farmer has agreed terms with the Tyco BMW team to contest the 2018 Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship he won in 2012.

Speaking at Motorcycle Live yesterday, Farmer said: "I'm really looking forward to this challenge. The last time I was in this class I was on a lesser machine, but now joining Tyco BMW with Hector and Philip Neill it should be a lot different and I can't wait to get the season under way.

"We'll probably do early testing so I can get used to the bigger bike again after a season in Supersport and then head to Cartagena for the full test."

The former Supermoto champion won the 2011 British 600cc Superstock Championship, and a year later the 1000cc series, before competing in the British Superbike Championship.

In 2015 he returned to the Superstock 1000cc Championship on a less than competitive Quay Garage Honda and rode the wheels off to emerge third in the final standings.

He was without a ride this year, but took over from the injured Luke Jones in the McAdam/Appleyard Yamaha Supersport series and won the title.

Farmer moves into a strong Tyco BMW line-up, with team-mates Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon contesting the British Superbike Championship.

Superstock 1000 will bring Farmer into a contest with some of the best riders in the country, including fellow Fermanagh ace Josh Elliott, who rides for the Morello Kawasaki team and stood in for the injured Ian Hutchinson in the Tyco BMW team earlier this year.

Hutchinson is expected to be retained by Tyco BMW for their road campaign in 2018, although it is unclear whether he will be up to full fitness ahead of the TT.

Meanwhile, three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea had his first test on the 2018 Kawasaki Racing Team machine running under new regulations at Jerez in Spain yesterday.

They didn't seem to hinder Rea as he ended the first day as the fastest rider, almost half a second ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes with Milwaukee Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty a further second back in third.

Rea said: "We are entering a new era in WSB and we are ready for the challenge. We seem to be going in the right direction."

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