World SBK: Camier to Crescent Suzuki
2012 World Superbike
Two weeks ago, Crescent Suzuki announced its official entry into the 2012 World Superbike Championship, although the England-based team didn’t report who would be piloting the GSX-R1000.
But this changed on Monday when Crescent Suzuki reported that Leon Camier has signed with the team for the 2012 season. The Crescent Suzuki also said it would field two riders, with the second announced in the “very near future, as well as confirming its commercial partners.”
The 25-year-old Brit Camier spent the last two seasons competing next to 2010 World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi on the Alitalia Aprilia team. Camier finished 12th overall in 2010, and sixth overall this season. His best finish in 2011 World SBK was second at Miller Motorsports Park.
Crescent Suzuki says: “Hailing from Ashford in Kent and currently residing in Andorra, Camier already has a wealth of experience in high-level racing and includes three British Championships – 125cc in 2001, Supersport in 2005 and Superbike in 2009 – amongst his achievements.”
Camier will begin testing the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 later this month, and is “confident for the challenge ahead.” The 2012 World Superbike Championship begins at Phillip Island in Australia Feb. 26.
Leon Camier (Crescent Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Superbike) says: “I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be joining the Crescent team and with the opportunity to ride the GSX-R1000! My first two years in WSB have been tough but I’ve learnt a lot and had some good results to build on, so this is a great opportunity for me.
“I have met with Jack and Paul and it’s clear that the team’s attitude suits me perfectly. I feel we all have the same goals and I can’t wait to start testing. I’m really looking forward to the new season and I believe that the Suzuki GSX-R is certainly a very capable bike, especially with the technical plan the guys have in place. This is a fantastic chance for me to take the next step in my career and I’m very thankful to the guys at Crescent for giving me the opportunity.”
Jack Valentine (Crescent Suzuki Team Manager) says: “We are really pleased to get the first signing under our belt! Leon Camier is a rider I’ve always admired and he did a super job when he was in BSB. We’re all looking forward to welcoming him to the team and I’m sure he will fit in well.
“We work as one team in the garage and this creates a good, strong atmosphere and I am sure that is something that he will benefit from. The Suzuki GSX-R is more than capable of achieving podium results in World Superbike and Leon has already showed that he is capable of producing them as well, so we should be a good partnership.
“I am sure that the addition of an aggressive, focused rider like Leon Camier to our team, plus the developments planned for the 2012 GSX-R1000, will put us in a good position for the start of Crescent Suzuki’s first year of World Superbike competition.”