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Farmer joins Iddon in Superbikes


By Roy Harris

Tas Racing have named Christian Iddon and Keith Farmer as their 2019 British Superbike line-up.

Iddon returns for a fourth consecutive season with the Hector and Philip Neill team alongside reigning Superstock 1000cc champion Farmer.

Both riders will be on-board the all-new BMW S1000RR, with principal sponsors Tyco backing the Moneymore-based outfit for an eighth season.

Iddon said: "Obviously I'm excited to be back with TAS Racing and the new BMW gives us the fresh start we need. We feel we have unfinished business, so we will be looking to put that right in 2019 and I'm grateful for the team's continued support."

Farmer, the current leader of the winter Supermoto championship, said: "After an excellent first year with TAS Racing claiming the Superstock title, I'm thrilled to be given the chance to move into Superbike. It shows that Philip truly believes in me and what better way to switch to BSB - with a greatly improved BMW. I cannot wait to get testing and get things rolling now for 2019."

Team manager Philip Neill said: "Firstly, I am extremely pleased to confirm Tyco as our title partner for 2019, continuing our association with them in BSB, which is our fourth year as the Official BMW Motorrad Team.

"Christian clearly has the talent to succeed in BSB - so together with the new BMW RR model, I firmly believe 2019 can be his year.

"Keith was asked to do a job for us in Superstock and he delivered the championship, which was fantastic. We know the step up to Superbike is a significant one, however we believe he has the ability to deliver at any level and, after a settling in period, we expect to see him running at the front in 2019."

Meanwhile, the competitors for the second British Talent Cup series were announced yesterday as Magheramorne rider Scott Swann and Donegal's Rhys Irwin, returning for a second season alongside Omagh 'rookie' Jamie Lyons.

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