Keith Farmer: Northern Ireland’s four-time British motorcycling champion dies aged 35

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Keith Farmer, one of Northern Ireland’s most successful motorcyclists, has died aged 35.

The Clogher native, a four-time British champion, passed away suddenly.

He retired from racing in September 2021, having originally planned to retire at the end of last year.

Farmer won the National Superstock 600 title in 2011 and National Superstock 1000cc successes followed in 2012 and 2018, while he also won the British Supersport title in 2017.

During his career, the Northern Ireland rider competed for some of the most prominent teams in the BSB paddock, including the Paul Bird Motorsport team, Buildbase Suzuki and TAS Racing.

As well as participating in the BSB support championships, Farmer also raced regularly in the feature British Superbike series.

When he announced his retirement, he had had been competing in the National Superstock Championship and had been offered a ride in the Superbike class by iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW during 2021.

He said that he decided to retire earlier than planned because of what he described as “two relatively big crashes”.

Speaking at the time of his retirement, he 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.”

The British Superbike