Keith Farmer (35†) was considered one of the best motorcyclists in Great Britain and was crowned British Champion four times. His brother now announced the death of the motorsport legend on Facebook. The four-time champion's brother, Keith Farmer, wrote on Facebook on Friday: “I’m lost for words, our little brother left us at 1.45 this morning with us all by his side.
“Life will never be the same again, he made us all so proud and he will be very sorely missed”.
Farmer said last year that he had decided to retire from racing following “two relatively big crashes”.
“It’s never easy to just pack up and walk away, but at the end of this year I was always planning on retirement from racing.
“I have had a tough year, but that’s just racing.
I stepped in to finish the year with PR Racing, but after two relatively big crashes, I have realised that it is time to walk away”. The exact cause of the racer's death is unknown.
TAS team principal Philip Neill said in a statement:
"We enjoyed many happy memories together both within racing and on a personal level as Keith had remained a close friend of the team.
"His talent was undeniable and although his successes were many, including a memorable Superstock championship win with Tyco BMW in 2018, I will always feel like we never actually witnessed Keith's full potential on a superbike - as he was so often hampered by injury or bad luck."
Farmer retired from racing just last year to allow his work-related injuries to heal properly. Another reason for his retirement from the sport was that his wife was giving birth at the time. He wanted to devote more time to his family.
The motorcyclist leaves behind his wife and three daughters. Farmer has won the Superstock 600 and Superstock 1000 twice.
Second death in four weeks
Keith Farmer's death is the second in four weeks on the British motorsport scene.
In October, 26-year-old Chrissy Rouse suffered serious injuries in a racing accident. He could not be saved in the hospital. Farmer was still mourning the loss of his colleague on Twitter, whom he himself was still racing against on the racetrack.