Fixi Crescent Suzuki has announced that AMA Superbike star Blake Young will replace the injured Leon Camier for the US WSBK round at Laguna Seca.
Young, who turns 26 on September 20th, has finished as runner-up in the AMA series for the last two-years with Suzuki, but was left without a ride for 2013.
Instead Young has made wild-card appearances for Attack Performance in the three US-based MotoGP rounds - finishing 21st in Texas - and will now aim to exploit local knowledge during WSBK's first Laguna Seca event since 2004.
"I'm really excited at the prospect of riding for Fixi Crescent Suzuki and I can't wait to ride the bike. It was a surprise to get the call, but it will be great to go back to Laguna Seca, especially on a World Superbike - it's a bit like a dream come true for me and made even better that it's a Suzuki," said Young.
"I'm now ready to get out on the bike and try to do some good things on the world stage and see what happens from there. I want to thank all the people that have made this happen and it's never good when a rider gets injured, so I want to wish Leon all the best for a quick and full recovery, It will be great to ride his bike and hopefully I can do well on it for him and the team."
Young has been drafted in to replace Camier following the Englishman's huge accident in Turkey last weekend that left him needing surgery on seven broken bones in his right foot. He is now recovering from the injury and is aiming to be fit for the final round of the season at Jerez.
“We are happy to have secured Blake for the Laguna Seca round for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team, he has excellent knowledge of the circuit and also knows how to win on a Suzuki GSX-R and we think he'll adapt to WSB quickly," said team manager Paul Denning.
"It is never an easy job having to replace one of your riders due to injury, but we are sure Blake will do a good job for us at Laguna and the whole team is looking forward to welcoming him and we hope to have a smooth and successful weekend. We'll certainly do all we can to help him be competitive and to get the best possible result.”
Young will get his first taste of the Crescent GSX-R1000 in Friday morning practice at Laguna Seca on September 27.