Four-time British motorcycling champion Keith Farmer has passed away suddenly at the age of 35.

Farmer was regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s greatest motorcyclists ever after his dominant period in the sport through the 2010’s.

The Northern Irish racer won the National Superstock 600 title in 2011 and National Superstock 1000cc successes followed in 2012 and 2018. He also won the British Supersport title in 2017.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, his brother wrote: ‘I’m lost for words our little brother left us at 1.45 this morning with us all by his side.

‘Life will never be the same again, he made us all so proud and he will be very sorely missed. Love you Meekie #33.’

Farmer had retired from racing in September 2021 and had referenced ‘two relatively big crashes’ as the reasons for doing so.

TAS’ – the bikes Farmer competed on – team principal Philip Neill offered his sympathies by saying: ‘We enjoyed many happy memories together both within racing and on a personal level as Keith had remained a close friend of the team.

‘His talent was undeniable and although his successes were many, including a memorable Superstock championship win with Tyco BMW in 2018, I will always feel like we never actually witnessed Keith’s full potential on a superbike – as he was so often hampered by injury or bad luck.’

The British Superbike Championship added that Mr Farmer was a ‘respected and a deeply popular rider’.

‘Keith will be terribly missed by all that had the pleasure of meeting him throughout his career.

‘He was a brilliant and successful rider on track, who will be fondly remembered by his rivals, colleagues and fans following today’s tragic news.’

Speaking at the time of his retirement, Farmer said: ‘I have had a tough year but that’s just racing. I have realised that it is time to walk away.

‘I’ve had 10 good years of racing in the BSB paddock, riding for some of the best teams.

‘I count myself extremely lucky to have been given these opportunities and with these I have won four British titles.’

Prior to his retirement, Farmer had been offered a ride in the Superbike class by iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW during 2021.

By Admin