A statement issued by Paul Bird’s Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team on Tuesday night said Ulsterman Keith Farmer will remain with the team for the remainder of the season.
The press release comes following the announcement that Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga had joined the team alongside Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne for the final three rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship, which enters the crucial Showdown phase this weekend at Assen.
On Monday, Farmer told News Letter Sport he only learned of Haga’s introduction to the team via social media outlet Twitter.
The 26-year-old also said he had been unable to make contact with team owner Bird and vowed to sit out the remainder of the BSB season as he bids to recover from a mystery virus.
The PBM statement said: “The team is contractually bound to field two riders for the remainder of the season so a combination of Keith’s illness, combined with the extra pressure to perform in the Showdown - whereby they felt it would be unfair to him - led to the team making the decision to engage the services of Haga.
“Contrary to speculation, Keith Farmer remains a member of the team and will do so for the remainder of the 2013 season.”
The statement added that a third Kawasaki would be made available to Farmer should he be deemed fit enough to race again this season and said he may have the option of competing in a non-BSB race at the end of the year, perhaps raising the possibility of an outing at the Sunflower Trophy meeting in October.