Belfast Telegraph

Farmer outstanding in his field for National title bid

By Paul Lindsay

Clogher's Keith Farmer currently leads the UK National 1000cc Superstock Championship after taking his third victory of the season at Knockhill in Scotland for the Paul Bird Kawasaki team.



And despite paddock rumours suggesting he would replace the injured Stuart Easton in the Superbike class in Scotland — the 24-year-old has his eyes firmly fixed on the Superstock title.

“At Knockhill there was all sorts of talk about me riding the Superbike as Stuart was injured, but it was just that — talk,” Farmer explained. “I have spoken to Paul Bird about riding a Superbike and despite his plans being in MotoGP next year, he said if all goes well I’d be on a Superbike.”

Farmer is the third Ulsterman to win the entry level National 600cc Superstock class but while Jamie Hamilton and Lee Johnston have opted to go down the road racing route to further their careers, the Clogher joiner, now based full time in Northampton, believes he can take the next step into Superbike in 2013.

“It’s been dificult this year adapting to work with what is basically a MotoGP and World Superbike set-up, after working on our own as a family the year before.

“In the past if we had problems or I crashed, we all mucked in and worked at the bike. With Paul Bird’s set-up, I’m told to go back to the truck and relax and think about the race,” he smiled, not quite yet believing that he has landed a role with such a top class team.

This weekend the former Supermoto champion will tackle the Oulton Park venue in Cheshire, holding a slender three point lead in the championship over Samsung Honda’s Aussie kid Jason O’Halloran. But having crashed in qualifying last time out at Oulton, knocking himself out and suffering ligament damage, he’s taking nothing for granted.

“It was just a lack of experience that beat me last time out at Oulton, but O’Halloran didn’t score points that day either. At the minute the man who stays on his bike seems to lead the championship; hopefully I can do that on Sunday and with a bit of luck take my fourth win of the year,” he concluded.

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