Keith Farmer has secured a return to the MCE British Superbike Championship this season after agreeing terms to join the PR Kawasaki team.
The Northern Irishman made headlines by claiming the National Superstock 600 and 1000 titles in 2011 and 2012 respectively, a performance that earned him a high profile graduation to BSB in 2013 with the title-winning Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki outfit.
A contender to reach the 'Title Showdown' during the opening half of the year, the youngster's maiden season in Superbike class would end on a disappointing note when illness force him to skip the final three events.
With Paul Bird Motorsport opting to replace him with Stuart Easton for 2014, Farmer will nonetheless retain his place on the grid this year aboard a PR Kawasaki ZX-10R as he looks to build on the promise that saw him challenging for podiums during his truncated debut campaign.
“It is really great for me to be back in the Superbike Championship this year and also to ride a Kawasaki again as I have already had some previous experience already to build on. My debut season was tough, especially coming from winning two Superstock titles, because it is a big step up.
“I had a best result of fourth and then I started pushing myself too hard, but this season is a fresh start for me and I want to get consistent results and improve throughout the season. I want to be aiming for the top ten and I intend to chip away and give the team some strong results throughout the year."
With David Johnson representing the team in the National Superstock 1000 class too, PR Racing manager John Jameson believes Farmer's arrival represents something of a coup for his outfit.
"It is fantastic to welcome Keith to the team. He has already proven himself to be a real talent by winning two titles consecutively in both classes of Superstock and with experience of the Kawasaki already under his belt we believe that together we can have a strong 2014 season. It is also great for us to be working with David again and build on the relationship we already have together."
Following a handful of recent announcements, the provisional 2014 BSB grid has swelled to 21 riders some three months before the start of the season.
Farmer's PR Racing deal also increases the Kawasaki contingent to 12.