Camier to WSBK confirmed.

It has been officially confirmed that newly crowned British Superbike champion, Leon Camier, will be temporary released from his GSE/Airwaves Yamaha contract to ride alongside Max Biaggi at the factory Aprilia World Superbike team this weekend at Magny-Cours.

The 23-year-old Englishman will ride in place of the injured Shinya Nakano on the race-winning RSV4, just as 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli had done last weekend at Imola.

Camier has dominated the 2009 BSB championship with 17 wins from 23 races. After Magny-Cours, Camier will return to Airwaves Yamaha for the BSB season finale at Oulton Park on October 9-11.

"I would like to thank Aprilia for giving me such an amazing opportunity, and also GSE Racing for being so supportive," said Camier.

"This year has been incredible. To follow my BSB Championship win with a ride on-board a proven race winning machine in World Superbikes, is awesome.

"It's going to be a tough challenge for sure. There'll be no time for testing beforehand, and I've never ridden at Magny Cours, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Camier made his WSBK debut earlier this season as a wild-card at Donington Park, when he fought forwards from a lowly 17th on the grid to finish 13th and sixth on race day for Airwaves Yamaha.

It is not yet known if Camier will stay with Aprilia for the Portimao WSBK season finale on October 25.

Biaggi, who took the new RSV4 to victory at Brno, finished second in race one at Imola on Sunday, with Simoncelli a shock third in race two. Simoncelli has returned to 250GP duty this weekend.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Camier, British WSBK 2009
Van der Mark, Lowes, Nakasuga, Yamaha, Suzuka 8 Hours [Credit: Yamaha]
Camier, Savadori, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Camier, Laverty, Melandri, Savadori, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Start, Camier, Laverty, Savadori, WSBK Race 2, US WSB 2017.
Camier, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, Nicky Hayden livery, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, Hayden Livery, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, Hayden Livery, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, Savadori, WSBK Race 1, US WSB 2017.
Camier, US WSB 2017.
Camier, US WSB 2017.
Camier, US WSB 2017.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


September 30, 2009 7:21 PM
Last Edited 2854 days ago

Securing a test outing on the Aprilia is quite a coup for Leon, as this will be a hotly contested seat next year with riders like Vermuelen and De Angelis also in the frame. There's absolutely no reason for Leon to worry about upsetting Yamaha as they clearly have no plans for him, given that they already have a surfeit of riders with a stronger claim to a factory R1 (Toseland, Crutchlow, etc). If he can do it, a couple of solid top ten finishes would be a good way for Camier to show his potential ahead of any other riders chasing the seat.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.