Keith Farmer has vowed to bounce back stronger in the British Superbike Championship in 2014 after his ride in Paul Bird's Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team was taken over by Japanese star Noriyuki Haga.

Farmer earned a BSB ride with Bird this season after winning the National Superstock 1000 title in 2012, teaming up with current series leader Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

However, his rookie year in the class has been blighted by a series of crashes and injuries, with the 26-year-old Northern Irishman also struggling for fitness after picking up a mystery virus.

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Farmer, whose best result was a fourth place at Knockhill in Scotland, was forced to miss the last round at Donington Park through injury and will now sit out the remainder of the season after veteran racer Haga was confirmed alongside Byrne last night.

The former Irish Supermoto champion, who only switched to short circuit racing three years ago, said he has not yet been told by team owner Bird that he has lost his ride and revealed he found out Haga had been drafted into the team after reading about the development on Twitter.

"I appreciate all that Paul Bird has done for me and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have got as far as I have," Farmer told the Belfast News Letter.

"I haven't been told by Paul yet that I've been sacked, I've just heard it from other people and I found out that Nori Haga was taking my place on Twitter.

"I understand that I've been crashing his bikes and if I was him I'd probably make the same decision, but if I was sacking someone I'd tell them.

"I sent him a nice email thanking him for everything but I haven't heard a thing.

"But this will make me stronger and I'll stay positive. I certainly haven't disgraced myself in BSB this year and I know I can run in the top five or six when I get my head right."

Farmer said he has received offers to contest the final three BSB rounds but has opted to take a complete break to focus on shaking off his energy-sapping virus and concentrate on returning stronger next year.

The Clogher man, who also won the National Superstock 600 title in 2011, is determined to return to BSB to show his 'true potential'.

"I've had offers already for next year and I want to come back and show my true potential," he said.

An official statement released by PBM confirming Haga made no reference to Farmer.