Aprilia has officially confirmed the expected news that 2009 British Superbike champion Leon Camier will ride alongside Max Biaggi in its factory World Superbike team next season.

The 23-year-old dominated this year's BSB championship, winning a record 19 of the 26 races and taking 22 podiums for Airwaves Yamaha to claim an end-of-season advantage of 136.5 points.

A further victory was taken from him, after comfortably winning on track, due to smoke emitting from his bike. That DSQ marked his only non-score of the season, which was his third in BSB and second with GSE Racing.

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

Having wrapped up the BSB title at the penultimate Silverstone round, Camier then returned to WSBK after being handed a chance to replace the injured Shinya Nakano at Aprilia.

Despite being unfamiliar with the RSV4, the Englishman impressed during his two-round 'job interview', which included sixth and seventh places at the Portimao finale, and has now been confirmed back alongside Biaggi for the full 2010 season.

Biaggi took the brand new RSV4 to one win, ten podiums and fourth in the 2009 WSBK standings.

Rumours suggest that Aprilia could expand its WSBK presence to a second team in 2010, supporting the Guandalini team of Jakub Smrz, possibly resulting in a ride for MotoGP refugee Alex de Angelis


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment