The 35-year-old from Clogher, County Tyrone, who lived in Cumbria, won the Superstock 600 championship in 2011 and the Superstock 1000 championship the following year. Then, after winning the British Supersport Championship in 2017, he demonstrated his adaptability by winning the Superstock 1000 championship again in 2018 with the help of the TAS Racing team from Northern Ireland.
The former Irish Supermoto champion chose to end his career last September after a string of injuries limited his chances in British Superbikes. The “Clogher Bullet” considered making a comeback this year and was scheduled to race at the Sunflower Trophy meeting and an Ulster Superbike round in October, but withdrew from both tournaments.
Family Is In Grief
When he announced his retirement, Keith stated that he simply felt the time was right because the enjoyment was gone and his body needed time to recover from the injuries he had sustained over the previous two years.
Following Keith’s terrible death, his brother David claimed on Thursday that he was “lost for words.” In 2017, Keith Farmer prevailed in the British Supersport Championship. The Clogher guy won the British championship four times.
What His Supporters Are Saying
Keith, you taught me more about racecraft in 2017 than he himself haven’t learned in his entire race career, remarked Andrew Irwin, who raced against Keith in England. You were a four-time British champion who possessed both natural talent and skill.
On social media, Stuart Higgs, the British Superbike Championship’s Series and Race Director, also paid tribute to Farmer, writing: “Awful news to wake up to about the tragic and untimely demise of Keith Farmer. Considering his loved ones, including his family and friends. Peace be upon him.
Phillip McCallen described the Northern Ireland racer as a “wonderful person and rider” after winning multiple North West 200, Isle of Man TT, and Ulster Grand Prix races.
At the 2018 Cornmarket/Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year awards in Belfast, Keith Farmer was named the Short Circuit Rider of the Year. McCallen replied, “Can’t believe this terrible, very awful news. “A brilliant rider, a great human being, and a rider who has experienced many of the sport’s greatest highs,”
Ryan Farquhar, a legendary Irish road racer, also paid tribute in a Facebook post, saying that the Farmer family had “been through the mill” and that this latest tragedy came after the deaths of Keith’s cousin Stephen in a workplace accident and Mark, another well-known racing cousin, tragically, in a 1994 crash while practising for the Isle of Man TT.