BSB: Keith Farmer finds Superstock 1000 ride with Platform Hire LTD
Platform Hire Ltd has taken over the Morello Racing team and signed Keith Farmer as the their rider in the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock Championship campaign.
Morello Racing withdrew their entry earlier in the year due to unforeseen circumstances within team boss Steve Buckenham's business. This left Farmer, a two-time Superstock 1000 champion, without a spot on this year's grid.
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Farmer spent 2020 with the Buildbase Suzuki team in the Superbike class, however a shoulder injury in qualifying for the opening round at Donington hampered his campaign. He would miss the opening three rounds (nine races) before returning to action at Oulton Park.
“I am really excited to be part of this; Dave at Platform Hire took over the Morello team and threw me a lifeline when it was looking like I might not even race this season, so this is absolutely mega as Morello Racing was who I had originally signed with for 2021," Farmer said.
"To have a full attack in Superstock is going to be brilliant on the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, so I am looking forward to enjoying riding again! These past two years have been tough, but in Superstock, I seem to have a good pedigree with two titles previously. The last time I raced a Kawasaki in Superstock I won the title in 2012 with Birdy so hopefully I can do the same again with a new team.”
Platform Hire Ltd, a nationwide specialist in the hire and sales of powered access equipment, has featured within the Bennetts British Superbike Championship paddock since 2016. They first supported Aaron Zanotti in a partnership that lasted for three years.
The Worcestershire Company has also worked with Danny Buchan and continue to support 2015 Moto3 world champion, and new Buildbase Suzuki recruit, Danny Kent whilst he was racing for Morello Racing in 2019.
"Mandy and I are very excited about this new project as we have been supporting riders within the BSB paddock for many years,"Platform Hire Ltd owner Dave Williams said. "We have a huge passion for motorsport, and we decided that we wanted a fresh and exciting new approach in the way that we market Platform Hire.
“It was through our relationship with Danny [Kent] which led to our introduction with Morello Racing last year when we were welcomed into the team and we were most impressed by the professional outfit and set up. When it was announced that they were not going to be racing and the team was for sale, negotiations swiftly got underway as we could think of no better team that we would want to become the proud new owners of.
“We have long had aspirations to have our own team and with the deal complete, we have every intention to continue the success of Morello Racing under the new banner of Platform Hire Racing."
The team will also be fielding an entry in the HEL Performance British Junior Supersport Championship with the rider to be announced in due course.