It has long been rumored, but now comes as close to something like confirmation as we are going to get, for the meantime. The very well-informed Italian site GPOne.com is reporting that Leon Camier has signed with Aprilia, to run alongside Max Biaggi in the Noale factory's World Superbike squad. The manner of the announcement is somewhat unusual, however. GPOne.com spoke to the head of Aprilia's racing activities, Leo Mercanti at Bangkok Airport, where he was on his way to participate in a Rally Raid in the Middle East, where the Italian confirmed that Camier had been given the job after a couple of impressive rides substituting for the injured Shinya Nakano.
Speaking of Camier, Mercanti told GPOne.com "I think he's a good choice, the guy did well in the races he ran with us." So far, though, no official press release or announcement has been issued by the factory, the news is not 100% certain, merely 99.999%, given that Mercanti is the person with the final say in Aprilia's racing program.
Camier dominated the British Superbike championship season, with the Airwaves Yamahas of Camier and teammate James Ellison sweeping away any competition. The young Briton won 19 of the 26 races, with Ellison winning another 4. Much is expected of Camier, and the Aprilia ride is an outstanding opportunity for him. Max Biaggi finished 4th in the 2009 World Superbike championship in the bike's first season of competition, collecting a win and 8 podiums along the way. The bike is likely to improve for 2010, providing a strong basis for Camier's rookie year in World Superbikes.