TWO Tyrone motorcycle racers received the good news they have been anxiously waiting for over the past few months.
On Wednesday night, Clogher native Keith Farmer received a call from TAS Racing principal Philip Neil, who told him he had managed to get sponsorship in place to give him a seat on one of their British Superbike Championship BMW’s in 2019, and a day later Omagh lad Jamie Lyons finally got an email telling him he was one of 11 new names on the grid for the British Talent Cup next year.
Both pieces of good news have given the duo a big boost ahead of what promises to be a wonderful season ahead.
Farmer, who was officially unveiled by the team today at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham’s NEC, will get the chance to test himself at the sharp end of the premier class of British short-circuit racing on what is sure to be a competitive bike run by the Moneymore-based team and that opportunity is something he intends to relish.
“It’s going to be unbelievable to get to ride the new BMW. I’m just super excited to have a contract on my desk so I can look forward to doing what I do best – riding a bike! I can’t wait,” beamed the 31-year-old.
Thirteen-year-old Omagh Academy pupil, Lyons, meanwhile, who has waited patiently since the middle of August to hear if he would get to participate in the British Talent Cup, will also get to race at selected rounds of the BSB against 23 of the best racers under the age of 16 in the UK and Ireland, as well as at one round of the World Superbike Championship and two Moto GP meetings.
“I’m excited, I can’t wait to get riding the bikes and take this opportunity. Hopefully it will improve my riding and take me to where I want to be,” he said.
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