Leon Camier announced as Team HRC’s WorldSBK Team Manager
As a very familiar face from the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, he will be present throughout the 2021 season. The Brit was originally supposed to compete with the Barni Racing Team in 2020, but injured his shoulder again during the winter tests. Therefore, he had to forego the Australian opening round at Phillip Island, although he had still participated in free practice. Leon Camier returns to the paddock in a brand new role. As the new Team Manager of the HRC Honda Team, he succeeds the Spaniard Jaume Colom.
Leon Camier on his new role:
“I have been a Honda rider for several seasons during my career and I am now very happy and proud to be back with the company, which is a big change in my professional and personal life. I thank Honda for the trust they 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 always done that as a driver and will continue as a team manager. “
Camier: “After racing in WorldSBK for many years, I know the championship and its challenges very well. The current corona pandemic exacerbates various problems. However, I am confident that together with two very strong drivers like Alvaro (Bautista) and Leon (Haslam) and such a professional group as Team HRC and the HRC engineers 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 very much looking forward to embarking on this new and exciting adventure. “
Camier’s WSBK career in review
Camier has competed in 223 WorldSBK races throughout his career and made his championship debut in 2009. Even if he could not win, he showed his talent throughout his years in the championship. But he practically always fought for podium places during his active time. Even on material with which Stefan Bradl failed in 2017, he managed to place fourth in BuriRam in the 2nd round of the World Cup. In the end, he ended his respectable career with nine podium places.
The Motul WorldSBK provisional calendar for 2021
As Phillip Öttl emphasized in the interview with MotoRacers.eu (for more on this, see our detailed report on his assessment of various questions about the coming season and his future), some changes are still to be expected. In a few days, the first official test drives will begin in Jerez de la Frontera, from where Phillip Öttl has just returned. The round in Australia and a 13th event for which the venue is still open is still open. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will start as planned in Assen in April. Many observers believe that the planning of the WorldSBK is far more realistic than the MotoGP calendar with races in Argentina and USA in April. However, it is still not certain which events will actually take place in the Superbike World Championship.