News 31 May 2019

Honda’s Camier withdraws from Jerez WorldSBK

All Japan contender Takahashi receives factory Honda WorldSBK call up.

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Moriwaki Althea Honda has revealed Leon Camier will sit out round six of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Jerez in Spain on 7-9 June, with his seat to be fulfilled by Yuki Takahashi.

Camier’s recuperation with his injured left shoulder is progressing well, however it’s been determined he still requires a additional time for recovery.

Takahashi, an All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship rider, is testing with the team this week at Misano and will join Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari for the Spanish round.

“I’m obviously very disappointed to have to sit out the test in Misano and the Spanish round and miss the chance to continue working on our bike’s set-up and development,” Camier explained. “Anyway, we are where we are and we must accept it, considering that the shoulder joint is a complex one and it’s only normal that the ligament damage takes some time to heal.

“Having said that, my recovery is going well and steadily so everything’s on track. The pain is gradually lessening, and my movement is improving, so we’ll wait and see how the situation is prior to the Misano round.”

Camier is currently ranked 15th in the championships standings after a challenging start to the season.