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Farmer searching for 2021 ride after Morello withdrawal

Four-time British and National Champion Keith Farmer has found himself without a ride for the season ahead after paddock mainstays Morello Racing were unexpectedly forced to pull out of the 2021 season earlier this week.

Northern Ireland’s Farmer had agreed terms with the Norwich-based squad just before Christmas to contest the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship having previously won the series in 2012 and 2018.

With Morello Racing also being double title winners in the class, with Josh Elliott in 2015 and Danny Buchan in 2017, both parties were each aiming for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles.


However, those hopes were dashed this week when a set of unexpected circumstances led team owner Steve Buckenham with little option other than to withdraw from racing.

“Steve and I have spoke for the last four to five years about doing something so it’s ironic and unfortunate that having agreed a deal for 2021, events should conspire against us,” said Farmer, speaking to Bikesportnews.com

“We were both buzzing about joining forces for 2021 and were both intent on taking our third Superstock 1000 title each but what’s happened is no-one’s fault and is out of anyone’s control. It’s gutting for the both of us.”

Farmer, who can also count the 2017 British Supersport Championship amongst his titles, has fought back from injury twice in the last two seasons after suffering two broken legs in the first British Superbike Championship race at Knockhill in July 2019 and then a damaged shoulder at the opening round at Donington Park last year and is eager to get back to winning ways

“After the last couple of injury-interrupted years, I was really looking forward to the season ahead and running at the front and that remains the case so I’m as keen as ever to get back out there. I’ve been unlucky with injuries especially in 2019 when I was taking top six finishes in BSB prior to my accident at Knockhill and I know I can still do a good job.

“Last year was equally unfortunate with the damaged shoulder and whilst you’re only as good as your last race, there aren’t many people in the paddock who have four titles to their name so, hopefully, people will still recognise that and I’ll get something sorted.

“Since the news came out on Friday, a lot of people have been in touch to support me and offer a few contacts, which has been a real confidence boost for me, so we’ll see what happens. I’d be equally happy with a Stock 1000 or Supersport 600 ride but with a good bike and a competitive package around me, I’m confident I can be back winning races again and back enjoying my racing.”

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