British rider Leon Camier will move from MV Agusta to the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team for the 2018 season, the squad has confirmed.
31-year-old Camier dominated the 2009 British Superbike Championship before stepping up to WorldSBK in 2010 with Aprilia, having made a wildcard appearance with the Italian marque at Donington in 2009.
Camier tallied up seven podium in his two seasons at Aprilia before switching to Suzuki in 2012, where he scored two further rostrums in two years.
Since 2015, Camier has been with Italian manufacturer MV Agusta and is currently eighth in the standings on 146 points having amassed 14 top 10 finishes.
With his vast experience of different machinery in WorldSBK, Honda’s operations manage Marco Chini believes Camier’s arrival will greatly help the team to develop the troublesome Fireblade into a competitive package next year.
“We’re extremely happy to have Leon on board for the upcoming WorldSBK season,” Chini said.
“He’s a great talent and an extremely professional riders, so I’m sure it will be a pleasure to work with him.
“We’re confident that his expertise will help us raise the performance of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 to a whole new level, so we’re looking forward to the new challenge.
“Right now, however, there’s still a season to complete, so we are fully concentrated on the remaining rounds in order to improve our package and finish the year on a high note.”
Camier – who was linked with a mid-season switch to the team following the tragic death of Nicky Hayden – will join Honda at the end of the season to begin testing the bike, though the identity of his team-mate for 2018 is still unknown.
Since the Hayden’s passing after a cycling accident in May, Honda has fielded Davide Giugliano, Jake Gagne and Takumi Takahashi in his place.
The former two are thought to be in frame for a seat at the team next year, with current rider Stefan Bradl – who is out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury – not secure in his place having endured a tough debut year in WorldSBK.
Current Avintia MotoGP rider Loris Baz has been linked with a return to WorldSBK with Honda next year, though has also been tipped to take Camier‘s place at MV Agusta.