News 8 Dec 2015

Barrier to make WorldSBK return with Pedercini Kawasaki

Fast Frenchman set for 2016 premier class comeback.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Frenchman Sylvain Barrier is to return to the WorldSBK premier class in 2016, having reached an agreement with the Pedercini Racing Team.

Barrier started the 2015 season on a BMW, but was dropped by the Motorrad Italia team after two rounds, then seeking refuge in the Superstock 1000 category on a Yamaha.

His latest venture comes as Lucio Pedercini’s team relocates its headquarters to a new location in the province of Venice, Italy, again racing the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R bike and with official support from Showa.

“I suffered the serious consequences of two accidents which had happened at difficult moments of my career,” Barrier said. “The forced break allowed me to heal completely and find again the positive energy and determination to restart racing.

“I will start over in WorldSBK, in a team with a friendly, passionate and profes­sional atmosphere, where all my needs are listened to and met. We will do great things with Kawasaki.”

Barrier is a two-time FIM Superstock 1000 Cup winner in 2012 and 2013. His first test on the Kawasaki will come in Spain later this year, while a second rider to be joining him is yet to be revealed.