Britain’s Leon Camier will be return to WorldSBK action tomorrow for a two-day test at Misano.
The Barni Ducati rider has been out of action due to a serious shoulder injury and has only done a handful of laps this year at the Phillip Island round.
The enforced coronavirus pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for the Andorra resident as he it has allowed Camier more time to heal before the series gets underway again next month.
“I’m really happy to be back on track. Physically I’m not 100%, but my shoulder doesn’t give me any more problems,” said Camier.
“I have done a lot of exercise in the last few months, but what is most important at the moment is to find the right feeling with the bike. We have a lot of work to do with the team and I still have a lot to learn about Ducati.
“I hope to be able to take a good step forward during these days of testing and come to Jerez ready.”
The two-day test comes less than a month before the WorldSBK championship restart. Dorna, company that organizes the championship, unveiled the new official dates of the races: round 2 will take place in Jerez de la Frontera from July 31 to August 2.
WorldSBK will remain in the Iberian Peninsula for four more races (three in Spain, one in Portugal) than it will move to France. Dorna plans to confirm five more rounds, including the one in Misano Adriatico in November, to play a championship out of 12 rounds.
Team boss Marco Barnabo added: “We are very happy to have Leon back, he needs these two days of testing more than anyone else because he has never been able to ride this bike continuously.
“The two days will be an opportunity to understand his physical condition, the shoulder injury is now behind him, but since he finally recovered Leon has not ridden any more.
“This will be the only chance to prepare the Jerez race together. Thinking that in a little more than a month we will be back on track gives us great motivation, the Coronavirus issue is evolving fast and hopefully we can also get the public back, I am confident that this can happen soon.”