Sylvain Barrier has been told there could be a chance to rejoin the World Superbike series in 2016 with Yamaha aboard its new R1, should he impress in this season's European Supertstock 1000 championship.

The two-time winner of the class was sacked from BMW Italia's Superbike outfit after underwhelming performances in the first two rounds in Australian and Thailand.

Having looked for rides in BSB, Barrier was quick to find a seat in the Superstock class with Yamaha's all-new R1 in the G.M. Racing outfit.

Although the specifics of Yamaha's return to the series in 2016 remain uncertain, Barrier revealed to at Aragon that a chance to return to World Superbikes aboard an R1 is dependent on his 2015 form.

"Yamaha gave me the chance to come back," he said. "I'm in the Italian [series] with the same team. They give me the chance to maybe come into Superbike next year. But they say I need to fight. If everything come easy it's not my way. Now it's in my side to give everything to show them and show me what I'm able to do."

Barrier also confirmed that he has assumed the role of Michelin test rider ahead of the French firm's return to the MotoGP class as single-tyre supplier in 2016.

"I'm rider official for Michelin to develop the MotoGP tyres," he said hours after a huge crash in Saturday morning's free practice session. "I'm doing some development work. I work with them for many years and they really like the way I speak about the tyres. I'm quite easy to live with and to do all the things. I think I will make a really good job. I don't know where it will bring us but for sure it will be fun."

Speaking about his feeling in the Yamaha set-up, Barrier is content with the current atmosphere. "The family of Yamaha is really great. Everybody, we eat in the same hospitality. Everyone talk to everyone. It's intense competition but it's quite natural. This is quite nice."

It is believed Barrier will test the French rubber when competing in the Italian Superbike championship with G.M. Racing.

Rumours in Austin, Texas suggested Yamaha is preparing a return to the World Superbike class with Aprilia want-away Marco Melandri earmarked as another potential rider with Andrea Dosoli in charge.



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