Farmer no regrets over Cartagena test

'Other teams weren't happy... and the way things turned out with the weather it means we're ahead of everyone else' - Keith Farmer
Northern Ireland's Keith Farmer feels the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team's decision to exploit a loophole in the foreign testing ban has been vindicated.

Farmer and defending MCE British Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne tested at Cartagena in Spain earlier this month prior to the official BSB tests, which were blighted by freezing temperatures.

Testing abroad was banned by race chiefs in 2013, but Rapid Solicitors team boss Paul Bird sent his riders to Cartagena with kit parts, enabling both to clock up the laps at the Spanish circuit without directly contravening any of the official regulations governing testing.

BSB series director Stuart Higgs has since questioned the sporting spirit of Bird's decision, however Farmer has no regrets and is relieved he had the benefit of significant track time after the extended winter weather in the UK proved a massive hindrance during tests at Donington, Brands Hatch and Snetterton.

Series organisers MSVR have since indicated they would be open to accommodating requests from teams aiming to gain some foreign track time prior to the opening round of the championship at Brands Hatch on April 7.

Farmer told “You can't learn a lot when you're out on track in the cold and we only managed a few laps at Donington.

“We'd already been to Spain so we managed to get plenty of time and get a head-start on the rest and I did over 200 laps.

“Other teams weren't happy but we changed electronics and used different tyres and the way things turned out with the weather it means we're ahead of everyone else,” added Farmer, who last year added the National Superstock 1000 title to the Superstock 600 crown he win in 2011.

“It cost Paul a fortune to send us there and use kit ECUs but it was something Paul wanted to do.

“He went out of his way to send us to Spain and in the end it turned out a good decision because of the poor weather at the officials tests in the UK,” added the Clogher man.

“I think the decision to have a foreign testing ban was wrong anyway because you can't rely on British weather and I think the poor weather last week has come back to bite them.

“I'd say next year it'll be back to how it was before.”

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Keith Farmer tests the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R in Spain
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Stuart Easton, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ian Hutchinson (GBR), PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: TAG Kawasaki Twitter]
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit:]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: GB Moto]
Luke Mossey (gbr) Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: British Superbike]
Joe Burns signs for Gearlink Kawasaki, alongside team boss Michael de Bidaph
Daniel Johnson - Morello Services Kawasaki
Daniel Johnson - Morello Services Kawasaki
James Westmoreland - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
James Ellison - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
James Ellison - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Jed Metcher - PR Kawasaki

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The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 8:46 AM

well said Keith Farmer.Birdy is serious about his racing and wants a 4th title for Shakey and to place Farmer on the road to stardom.'Other teams weren't happy... and the way things turned out with the weather it means we're ahead of everyone else' quotes Keith Farmer,well tough luck to all the rest as if the teams had the finances in place they would of been out there with PBM. As always money wins the races/championships.

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