Despite a long delay in the decision process at the top level of Piaggio management, Leon Camier is the rider who has been chosen to partner Max Biaggi in 2010.The news, albeit overdue, was expected and it left current British Superbike Champion Camier (who rode for the Aprilia team twice in 2009 in World Superbike) with two major emotional experiences.”Relieved is the main thing and massively excited at the â€¨same time,” said Camier. “I can’t wait to get started. There will be a press launch â€¨first then we go to Valencia to test on December 9 and 10. I only got â€¨in about 15 laps in in-between conditions at our Misano test last â€¨week. So this will be the first ride back on the bike properly. l can’t â€¨wait to carry on the progression where we left off. In these tests we â€¨can sort of try some bigger things, make some bigger changes and hope â€¨to get somewhere a bit quicker really. The only thing that makes much â€¨difference between my size and Max’s [Biaggi] is aerodynamics and suspension. â€¨The set-up of each bike would be specific to Max and me anyway, so â€¨that’s not a problem. I think if you are beating the Brits you will be â€¨beating most of them [the rest of the field]. There will be a lot of them about. I raced â€¨against most of them before and it is confidence inspiring for me to â€¨see them doing it and now I get the chance to be doing it too. It is a â€¨big old project for Aprilia and it is good to be involved in it and â€¨try to progress the bike and everything else to be winning races â€¨really.”Camier’s inclusion in World Superbike in 2010 brings the total of UK riders on top-level machinery up to six – Camier, Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki), Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati), Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Superbike)
Leon Camier To Aprilia
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