Aprilia Alitalia has confirmed it will retain Leon Camier for the 2011 World Superbike Championship following his strong maiden campaign with the team.
The Briton switched to the world series in 2010 following his record-breaking turn with Airwaves Yamaha in the British Superbike Championship, Camier overcoming his lack of circuit experience to prove a frequent front runner.
Now, having dubbed his maiden season as a learning year, Camier – who is set to skip the final two rounds of 2010 following surgery on his wrist -, wants to step up to race victories in 2011.
"I'm truly excited at the thought of being able to continue racing with Aprilia,” he said. “I hope that I can take advantage of what I've learned this year, setting up a series of tests and trying new set-ups to take a decisive step forward.
“I have a lot of ideas for the winter and I'll give my all to make them work in anticipation of next season. The operation on my right wrist went well. I'm doing rehabilitation exercises now and I can't wait to get back into shape and astride the bike".
With Camier proving instrumental in Aprilia's charge towards the 2010 manufacturers' crown and Max Biaggi's imminent riders' title victory, team manager Gigi Dall'Igna is delighted to be keeping the young Briton on board.
"We are very happy to be able to count on Leon again next season,” he said. “He is a young rider but has excellent potential and I believe he has shown it. He achieved encouraging results in spite of the fact that he had never seen the tracks in this championship before.
“What we have really appreciated about him is the consistent improvement race after race. We hope that this growth trend will continue next season, allowing Leon and the Team to achieve significant results."
Camier, who was in contention for a mid top ten overall finish prior to his injury at the Nurburgring, has achieved three podiums this season at Assen, Miller Motorsports Park and Silverstone.
Although not officially confirmed, Biaggi is almost certain to make it an unchanged rider line-up at Aprilia in 2011.