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Pigeon November 27th, 2009 04:13 AM

another step up,the learning curve continues

Leon Camier confirmed at Aprilia

Aprilia has officially confirmed the expected news that 2009 British Superbike champion Leon Camier will ride alongside Max Biaggi in its factory World Superbike team next season.

The 23-year-old dominated this year's BSB championship, winning a record 19 of the 26 races and taking 22 podiums for Airwaves Yamaha to claim an end-of-season advantage of 136.5 points.

A further victory was taken from him, after comfortably winning on track, due to smoke emitting from his bike. That DSQ marked his only non-score of the season, which was his third in BSB and second with GSE Racing.

Earlier in the year, Camier had made his WSBK debut as a wild-card at Donington Park, when he fought forwards from 17th on the grid to finish 13th and sixth on race day for Airwaves Yamaha.

Having wrapped up the BSB title at the penultimate Silverstone round, Camier then returned to WSBK after being handed a chance to replace the injured Shinya Nakano at Aprilia.

Despite being unfamiliar with the RSV4, the Englishman impressed during his two-round 'job interview', which included sixth and seventh places at the Portimao finale, and has now been confirmed back alongside Biaggi for the full 2010 season.

Biaggi took the brand new RSV4 to one win, ten podiums and fourth in the 2009 WSBK standings.

Rumours suggest that Aprilia could expand its WSBK presence to a second team in 2010, supporting the Guandalini team of Jakub Smrz, possibly resulting in a ride for MotoGP refugee Alex de Angelis

J708 November 27th, 2009 10:09 AM

NICE!!!! Lets see now WHAT Leon is made off! Hope he rides up front and ruins Rea season. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

SuperShinya56 November 27th, 2009 01:44 PM

You all think Leon Camier is a future star?

Stevo November 27th, 2009 03:31 PM

No surprise, but great news anyway. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SuperShinya56 @ Nov 27 2009, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>You all think Leon Camier is a future star?
I think he's a great rider, and at least as good as Crutchlow, Norge and Rea, but I don't expect to see him back in the GP paddock any time soon. Though who knows what might happen if he does a decent job in WSB?

Arrabbiata1 November 28th, 2009 03:36 AM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SuperShinya56 @ Nov 27 2009, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>You all think Leon Camier is a future star?
If you'd followed this sport for more than a nano second, then you'd remember him in 125 GP some years ago. It was obvious then, that the lad had talent, which his recent seasons in BSB and BSS have born testament to. In order to make an impression in Moto GP you need Spies like reserves of talent, and so in that context - at that level, no he's not a future star. But then, neither was Yuki fucking Takahashi you imbecile.

Hopefully Leon will run at the front next year. The 'prilia really showed its straight line speed in the final race at Portamao. I'm not wholly convinced it'll suit Leon's style though. Would love to see him eventually in Moto2.

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