Keith Farmer will move up into the Bennetts British Superbike Championship next season, lining up alongside Christian Iddon at Tyco BMW.
Farmer goes into BSB after clinching the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 title for the team this year, whilst Iddon remains at the team for a fourth season.
Speaking about his move into the premier British championship, a delighted Farmer commented:
“After an excellent first year with TAS Racing claiming the Superstock 1000 title, I’m absolutely thrilled to be given the chance to move into Superbike. It shows that Philip truly believes in me and what better way to switch into BSB – with a new BMW that has been improved greatly. I’m so pumped to get testing and get things rolling now for 2019. A massive thank you to Philip and all at BMW and the team for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”
Iddon had a tough 2018 season after suffering from multiple injuries throughout the year. He’s now looking to bounce back with the team next season:
“Obviously I’m really excited to be back with TAS Racing. The new BMW will be the fresh start we need and I’m excited to ride the new bike after hearing such great things about it. Both myself and the team feel we have unfinished business so we will be looking to put that right in 2019. I’m genuinely grateful for their continued support for our fourth consecutive season.”
Farmer and Iddon will compete on the brand-new BMW S1000RR machine, and team manager Philip Neill is expecting big things from both riders. He said:
“On the rider front, we are pleased to confirm that Christian will remain with us for another season, and equally happy to announce that Keith will also stay in Tyco BMW livery, albeit, he makes the step up to the Superbike division.
“For me the decision with Christian was simple. We have both invested a lot in each other and he clearly has the talent to succeed in BSB – so together with the new model RR, I firmly believe 2019 can be his year.
“With Keith the decision was also quite simple. We asked him to do a job for us in the Superstock class in 2018 and he delivered the championship, which was fantastic. We are under no illusions, the step up to Superbike is a significant one; however we believe Keith has the ability to deliver at any level, and although we should anticipate a settling in period – we do expect to see him running at the front during 2019.”
Tyco’s partnership with TAS Racing enters its eighth season in 2019, establishing one of the longest partnerships in the series with the Official BMW Motorrad team.