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Former series regular Leon Camier will fill in for BMW
Motorrad Italia’s injured Sylvain Barrier during Round Two of the eni FIM
Superbike World Championship April 11-13 at Motorland Aragon, in Spain, and possibly
Barrier was seriously injured when he was involved in an
automobile accident March 15 in France, according to Dorna WSBK, the organizers
of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. The Frenchman is recovering from
his injuries but will not be ready to ride in time for Round Two.
“I’m really excited to get started,” 27-year-old
Camier was quoted as saying in a posting on the official website of the eni FIM
Superbike World Championship. “From what I’ve heard the BMW has a lot of
potential and this is a really good opportunity for me. I’ve been on the
standard bike and it’s the most comfortable road bike I’ve ever sat on, so I
hope that translates to the race bike and that I have a good feeling right
away. I can’t wait to get to work. My best wishes to Sylvain, of course. I hope
that his recovery goes to plan and that he gets well soon.”
Camier raced in the FIM Superbike World
Championship from 2010 to 2013, achieving nine podium finishes.
Camier, an Englishman, lost his ride with the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team at the end of the 2013 season. He was placed on the provisional MotoGP World Championship entry list as riding for Ioda Racing, but according to a tweet by Camier, Ioda Racing lost a sponsor at the last moment and had to cancel its plans involving him.