World news – WSB: Leon Camier appointed as the new Honda team manager

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Team HRC has appointed Leon Camier as the new team manager for the 2021 World Superbike season.

The Briton has ended his racing career after a long list of injuries in recent years. He will take over Jaume Colom at Honda from today.

Camier was unable to fully recover from his last injury. A shoulder problem caused after a crash on his test debut for Barni Racing Ducati at Aragon in late 2019. As a result, Camier had two surgeries and had to withdraw from the first two rounds of 2020. He still couldn’t ride in June, Barni Racing made the decision to terminate his contract.

The 34-year-old joined WorldSBK in 2010 after dominating the British Superbike Championship in 2009, leading to the introduction of the showdown format resulted in the BSB. Camier has been a mainstay in the championship and has ridden various motorcycles. Over the years Camier drove for Suzuki, BMW, MV Augusta, Ten Kate Racing Honda and then for the HRC-backed Moriwaki Althea team.

Although he couldn’t win a race, Camier secured himself during his time as a driver in WorldSBK total of nine podiums.

« I’ve ridden Honda for several seasons during my career and I am now very happy and proud to be back at the company, which is a big change in my professional and personal life, » said Camier. « Thank you Honda for the trust you have placed in me, the WorldSBK project is very important and the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade looks absolutely great. I am ready to work hard to achieve our goals. I have this always done as a driver and will continue just like the team manager.

« After driving for many years in the SBK, I know the championship and its challenges very well, although the current period has exacerbated these problems. But when I work with two very strong riders like Alvaro and Leon and such a professional group of people as the team HRC and the HRC engineers are confident that we can develop our full potential and fight for top results.

« We now have two days of testing in Jerez. It will be my first opportunity to work with the team and I am really looking forward to embarking on this new and exciting adventure. « 

Team HRC will be this week (20-21 January) be present at the two-day Jerez test. Drivers Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista want to continue their efforts last season with the new Fireblade.

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