Sylvain Barrier will remain with BMW Italia for the 2015 World Superbike Championship season in an effort to build upon an encouraging - but interrupted - 2014 campaign.

Barrier, who won back-to-back Superstock 1000 titles in 2012 and 2013 with the BMW Italia set-up, stepped up to World Superbikes with the same team in 2014 with a view to challenging for the EVO title.

However, a pelvis injury sustained during testing for the opening round was followed by a serious road car accident just a month later, incidents that prevented Barrier from even starting a World Superbike race until round six in Misano.

Despite this, the Frenchman showed front running pace on his return and would have likely been a challenger for the EVO title had he not missed a significant portion of the year.

With this in mind, Barrier is looking forward to coming back refreshed in 2015 on the BMW S1000RR, which under the new rules he expects to be competitive.

"I'm really happy to continue with the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team. The 2014 season was a really tough one given the crashes and the injuries that forced me to sit out many races, but the team has always been behind me and this helped me overcoming the most difficult times.

"Anytime we were able to get on track with the EVO we always performed very well and, given the new rules, I'm sure we will be able to score some good results."

Andrea Buzzoni, whose BMW Italia set-up briefly ran the manufacturer's factory effort in World Superbikes, also believes Barrier has what it takes to make the best of the BMW machinery.

"The 2014 season has been a very difficult and unlucky one, but we were able to score some good results nevertheless. We are very confident about next year as our team is made of brilliant professionals, a very talented rider and a vastly improved bike.

"We already had a great feedback about the 2015 bike, especially on the electronic side of things. We are looking forward to getting back on track and to race at the front in the series, which I'm glad it's back to a 'one class' format."

Barrier rode just one of three BMWs on the WSBK grid in 2014 alongside a pair of Team Toth S1000RRs. Nonetheless, the Bavarian manufacturer will have an expanded presence in 2015 with the arrival of JR Racing.



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