Leon Camier has signed to ride for Barni Ducati in WorldSBK 2020 which removes him from the list of potential Scott Redding replacements in British Superbikes.
Camier had been with the Honda squad in two guises for the last brace of seasons but wasn’t required as the project moves into a new era, so took a deal with Marco Barnabo to ride works-backed Panigale V4R.
“I am very much looking forward to the new challenge in the next season. I will use all my riding and development skills to achieve top level results together with Marco and his team,” said Camier.
“They have a close relation to the factory, are a very passionate, engineering-driven group with focus on results and I believe we will work well together. Having said that, my focus now is first to finish the season as strong as possible in Qatar with my current team.”
Camier will get a first taste of the bike during the upcoming 13th-14th November tests at MotorLand Aragon, where he will look to garner a good feeling with his new machine, whilst also getting used to his new surroundings.
Barni are three-time runners-up in the FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup before winning it with Leandro Mercado in 2014. They then graduated to WorldSBK in 2015, with a best result of sixth, before Xavi Fores joined them in 2016, bringing them the first of six podiums and even leading a handful of races, on his way to seventh overall in 2017 and 2018.
This year saw young Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi aboard the all-new V4R, securing a best finish of fourth and achieving his career-best Superpole position.