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 longer.
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.