Keith received his first bike, a Yamaha TY80 motocross bike, as a seven year-old but it wasn’t until 2000 that he first slung his leg over a road bike. A year later he entered his first race at Knockhill and the bug bit almost immediately as he managed to claim 7th and 8th in the two Scottish Championship races. At the second round he claimed a pair of thirds and by the time the series made its way to East Fortune, the rapidly improving Amor was able to take his first win. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the novice jacket to be discarded!
A full season of racing was taken in during 2001 and Keith was able to claim the ACU Club Championship, held at New Era meetings at the likes of Cadwell Park and Croft and was ready to move to the next level in 2002. However, although the season started well, it wouldn’t be for another 3 years before the racing world got to see much more of him as financial restraints saw him move to South Africa to work.
By the time 2005 came around he was ready to race again and despite it being only his second full year of racing, he clinched the Scottish Sports Production Championship. He also entered the North West 200, for his first taste of real road racing, and he immediately impressed as he took 9th in the Superstock race.
It was at the 2006 North West 200 meeting though when Keith really announced his arrival on the real road racing scene and a blistering lap on Thursday evening placed him third overall in practice and a front row position made him the talk of the paddock. Sixth in the race followed although 10th in the second Superbike race was more pleasing as Keith rode his Superstock bike against all the factory Superbike machines.
Having skipped the Ulster GP in 2005, in order to concentrate on the aforementioned Scottish Championship, Keith finally made his much anticipated debut at the 2006 meeting. After taking a win in Thursday’s Dundrod 150 Challenge race (and 10th in the Superbike race), he went on to finish fifth in the UGP Superstock race, also finishing in the top ten in the feature Superbike race. Perhaps more tellingly, his fastest race lap of 126.272mph made him the fastest newcomer ever to have lapped the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit and also made him the 18th fastest rider in the history of the event. No mean feat for a rider only in his third full season of competition!
His results hadn’t gone unnoticed and he joined Uel Duncan’s Honda Racing team for 2007 to contest all three Internationals as well as the National scene in Northern and Southern Ireland. Podiums soon followed on the short circuits at and, at the season opening road race, the Cookstown 100, he opened his Irish National account with a brilliant debut win in the Open race. The rest of the day saw him take a close second in the Supersport 600cc race and an identical result in the Grand Final.