Last season's British Superbike champion Leon Camier will join the British Eurosport
team as a special guest for the first round of the 2010 campaign at Brands Hatch this Easter Monday.
Camier ran away with the 2009 championship, setting a new record of 14 race wins in a season and wrapping up the title with one round to go. The Kent rider has since moved up to the World Superbike Championship with the Aprilia Alitalia Racing team and is currently eighth in the standings after a promising start to the season.
Returning to his home circuit this Easter weekend, Camier will join presenter Tony Carter, fellow former BSB champion James Whitham, former BSB and WSB rider James Haydon and commentator Jack Burnicle as part of the Eurosport team throughout the day.
The season opener will be the first meeting to run with the new BSB regulations in place and Haydon said he expected it to be an exciting season ahead.
"I think this season is going to be a cracker!” he said. “The dominant champion Leon Camier has left, we have new entertaining rules and some big guns returning from overseas – think Hodgson, Kiyonari and Kagayama – awesome.”
“Yet on the flip side we have some raw, young talent bursting through and eager to prove themselves. It will be tight with at least eight people capable of winning races. I can't wait for it to start!”
Former BSB title winner James Whitham added that he felt the title race was wide open for the year ahead.
“I think this season will be quite open, unlike last year which turned into a one-horse race, I can't see any one rider dominating this time,” he said. “My tip would be Josh Brookes, the HM Plant Honda rider is tough and aggressive and with the experience he built up last season, he will be keen to stamp his authority on the series.
“Worx Suzuki's Tommy Hill is also unbelievably tough, he's like a terrier. He's such a tenacious rider, I think he'd get round even if you took one of his wheels off! You can never discount him.
“Neil Hodgson is returning from this States this year and riding for Motorpoint Yamaha. He's won before, albeit ten years ago, but he's not back to play around and he should have the credentials to do the job. An outside bet is the other Motorpoint Yamaha rider, Dan Linfoot. He's blindingly fast and although I wouldn't back him for the championship, he'll be a thorn in the established rider's sides this season.
“Brands Hatch is the amphitheatre of motor racing, it's the traditional opening round and it's popular with both fans and riders. It's a beautiful circuit, it's got a bit of everything – ups, downs, fast corners – a really interesting ride and most of the guys on the grid will know it well.”