Sylvain Barrier will make his return to World Superbike Championship competition during the seventh round of the 2014 season at Misano having recovered from injuries sustained in the road car accident.

The Frenchman, a double FIM Superstock 1000 Cup winner, was due to step up to WSBK with BMW Italia, but having already missed the season opener due to a pelvis injury picked up during testing, a serious road car accident ahead of round two left him with a series of injuries.

After four months of recuperation, however, Barrier is set to return to WSBK action on the EVO-specification S1000RR in Italy, a much belated debut he is looking forward to.

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"I am very happy to be able to return to the track and to have finally ended my convalescence. I feel fine and I can't wait to jump on my BMW S 1000 RR to give my very best.. Misano is a track that I like and it brings back some good memories.

"I hope that it will be a positive weekend. I would like to thank BMW Motorrad Italia and the whole Team for having had confidence in me during this difficult period. I would also like thank Leon Camier who, together with the Team, did a great job these last few months, doing his utmost to take the RR to top finishes in the EVO category."

He takes over from Leon Camier, who had established himself as an EVO front runner in the races he participated in. Though disappointing for the Briton, who is classified third in the EVO rankings, he says he understands the team's loyalty to Barrier.

"The team would like to keep me as well as Sylvain. I feel a lot of respect for their commitment to Sylvain, which is fair enough. [...] I appreciate what they're doing. I will try to make the most of what I can and enjoy every minute of it."