Camier to Sign With Aprilia?

A variety of sources are reporting that 2009 British superbike champion Leon Camier has or will shortly sign a deal that will see him ride alongside Max Biaggi on the factory Aprilia team in the World Superbike championship. Camier will test with the team at Misano Wednesday and Thursday and some sort of announcement may be made by the team at that time.  The young Brit has been considered a front-runner for the vacant seat after riding for the team at Magny Cours and Portimao.  At Portimao, Camier finshed a creditable 6th and 7th after mechanical issues sabotaged his French appearance.

San Marinan Alex de Angelis had also been considered as a leading candidiate for the ride but his reportedly high salary demands allegedly tipped the balance in Camier's favor. de Angelis is a contender for a ride on an Aprilia satellite team that will reportedly be a mash-up of the Guandalini and Sterilgarda Ducati teams but his ability to bring funding to the team is thought to be a prime factor in whether he gets that ride.

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I know he really poured it on a la Checa in the last 1/3 of the year, but I'd think that not getting a ride in motoGP would tell him that he either should have followed Elias to Moto2 or felt damn lucky to get a top ride in WSBK. If he draws so much attention for sponsors, I wonder why he wouldn't just make them personal and take the money anyway. Or would it be a situation of a paying ride and he just wanted to keep a larger part of what he was bringing to the table? I wouldn't guess the factory Aprilia team would work like that.

I hope Camier quickly shows his talent in a way like Spies and demonstrate that I was wrong and the Yamaha Motor Italia prepared R1 is a nail!