Keith Farmer was left in agony after the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider suffered a blood clot in his left leg following a spill during free practice for the MCE British Superbike round at Snetterton.

The Ulsterman escaped without any broken bones, but Farmer was ruled out of both races as a result of the incident on Saturday and said it was the worst pain he had ever experienced.

"After a good result at Knockhill, I was really looking forward to building on that and everything was going in the right direction until I tipped off.

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"It was a fairly innocuous crash but I got caught up with the bike and first it ran over me and then landed on me," said Farmer.

"I didn't break anything but the doctors diagnosed a blood clot in my leg and I can honestly say I've never known pain like it!

"There's not much they can do for it and it's just a time thing so I hope it goes sooner rather than later and I'll be back fit for Brands Hatch."

Farmer has slipped one place to tenth in the championship standings and is now 31 points behind Jon Kirkham, who currently occupies the final Showdown spot in sixth position.