Team Appleyard Macadam Racing has announced their 2017 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship line-up of Keith Farmer & Luke Jones.
Date of Birth: 25/07/87
From: Clogher, Northern Ireland
Born in 1987 in Clogher, Northern Ireland into the Farmer racing family it was inevitable that Keith would join the family sport and prove to be a great talent. Keith got his first motorbike at the age of two but it wasn’t until 1996 that he began his racing career. This was in schoolboy motocross where he had top 5 finishes in the Ulster Championship four times. When Keith was invited to ride in the P&O Winter Supermoto Series in 2003 his star talents really began to shine and it was then that he moved to Supermoto permanently.
Keith showed such obvious talent that Russell’s Motorcycles, Carryduff gave him a bike to ride in the 2004 Irish Supermoto Championship. With continued sponsorship from Russell’s and added sponsor ‘Talk to me mobile phones’ Keith won his first Irish Supermoto Championship in 2005. 2006 saw new sponsorship from English based Scorpion Motorsport Racing (SMR) and Wulfsport clothing and so Keith started racing in England where he finished 4th in MOTOGP British Championship, rode for team Ireland in the Supermoto of Nations and also finished 12th in the Mettet International Superbiker (the best placed Irish rider in the 20 year history of the event). Keith also won the P&O Winter series that year.
Offroad Aprilla UK and Rocket Centre Racing (Blackburn) were the main sponsors for 2007 and with continued support from SMR Keith took 3rd in the British Supermoto Championship and again the title holder of the P&O Winter Series. Also in 2007, Keith qualified 15th at St. Wendel, the German round of the World Supermoto Championship finishing only one place outside the points.
In 2008 with continuing support from Offroad Aprilla UK and Rocket Centre Racing Keith improved on his previous year finishing 2nd in the British Supermoto Championship and was P&O Winter Series Champion for a 3rd time. Also competing in the Mettet International Superbiker Keith finished an amazing 6th in front of 10 times World Champion Stefan Everts.
An unlucky 2009 season saw Keith in his last year of Supermoto, taking 5th in the British Championship and losing out to brother David in the P&O Winter Series in the final round due to a crash and minor concussion.
In 2010, Keith made the decision to move to short circuit racing. Keith went to a track day and went out on a bike on loan from Alan Patterson and by his 3rd session that day his lap times were extremely impressive. So on a Yamaha R6 , supplied by dad Alan, Keith started doing a few clubman rounds. His first outing with the clubmen and his first time riding Bishopscourt he won the races by over 10 seconds so he moved very quickly into the nationals. Riding in the nationals on a standard bike and struggling against the front runners tuned machines Keith’s talent really showed through on the tracks where straight line speed wasn’t everything. His first time out at Mondello park he was the 3rd quickest 600cc ever, only 3/100ths behind World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow and Irish Supersport Champion Glen Irwin.
He then made the jump to England and started in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship, failing to score any points in the first round Keith then went on to win the next 4 rounds in a row.
Lives: Stalbridge, Dorset
Occupation: Apprentice Heating Engineer
Favourite Track: Oulton Park
Favourite Rider: Barry Sheene
Likes: Racing, Cycling, Chilling with friends
Dislikes: Crashing, Being bored
Interesting fact: Is left footed but right handed