TEENAGER Charlie Farrer will line up in the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship this season after signing a deal with Banks Racing.

The County Durham rider will ride one of the squad’s Hondas in the Standard class as he contests the full season with Pete Banks’ respected Northumberland squad. 

Farrer, who will also race in the British Talent Cup this year after being chosen for a second season in the series, made several wildcard appearances in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in 2018 but has decided to shelve the 600 machinery to concentrate on Moto3 instead.

The 16-year-old stepped-up to national level last year after a record-breaking season in the clubs in 2017, when he became the first rider to clinch both Thundersport GB’s Superteen and Bemsee’s Team Green Junior Cup titles, along with taking the overall Kawasaki Team Green crown too.

As one of only two riders in last year’s British Talent Cup who had no experience with Moto3 machinery, the youngster spent the earlier part of the year learning how to ride the new bike and turned the corner in the latter half of the season as he became a regular top 10 finisher.

“Last year I struggled a bit in the earlier rounds as I was totally new to the bike and I was also trying to race the 600 whenever I could,” he said. “But once we got to mid-season something clicked and I realised I loved the bike and we all felt that Moto3 was the route I should follow this year.

Farrer will also return for a second season in the British Talent Cup

“When I was chosen for a second year in the British Talent Cup we knew I needed to be in Moto3 and we were introduced to Pete Banks by Paul Veazey who I ran with last year.

“I’m really excited. Pete has a long and very strong heritage in the series and is a well-respected man in the paddock, so to be a part of his team is just perfect. I can’t wait for the season to start and I want to thank Pete for this amazing opportunity.”

Farrer will ride the Banks Racing/Moto-Engineering Honda in the standard class alongside another young team-mate who will be revealed by the team in due course.

Pete Banks, owner and manager of Banks Racing is delighted to welcome Farrer to the team.

“I met Charlie last summer at Knockhill and I’ve been following his progress ever since,” he said. “I watched how he made big strides forward in the latter half of last year and believe he has a strong future as a rider.

“I’m really pleased he has chosen to focus on Moto3 and I think his experience on the 600 will be beneficial to him, as will everything he has learnt so far.

“We are looking at testing once we’ve got the bikes ready, but we have a bit more time to play with this year as our season starts quite late. Before that, he has a British Talent Cup test in Valencia and the first round at Silverstone.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Charlie this year. It’s always good to work with young, up-and-coming riders and it’s nice that being from County Durham he’s quite local to me. I think it’s going to be a good season and we are all raring to go.”

The HEL Performance Motostar British Championship will be held over nine rounds across the UK and Assen in the Netherlands and will roar into action at Oulton Park on May 4.

For more information about the team, click here to visit the Banks Racing website