WSBK: Camier Confirmed at Aprilia

As has been widely supposed here on MotoMatters, and nearly everywhere else in the racing press, 2009 BSB champion Leon Camier has signed to race alongside Max Biaggi on the Factory Aprilia Racing Team in 2010.   Aprilia's recent withdrawal with extreme prejudice from Moto2 to concentrate on WSBK and the proposed 1000cc 2012 MotoGP regulations, leaves open the possibility that the Noale based manufacturer will field a satellite team in WSBK in 2010 with MotoGP refugee Alex de Angelis as a possible rider next to Guandalini Ducati/Aprilia's Jakub Smrz.

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In an interesting twist, the website of the leading Italian racing magazine Motosprint is reporting that the Aprilia team will have a title sponsor for next season, excellent news in an era of economic difficulties. According to Motosprint, the sponsor is to be Alitalia, the former national airline of Italy, the profitable parts of which have been sold to a group of Italian investors called CAI, led by Roberto Colaninno. The very same Colaninno is also President of the Piaggio Group, which owns the Aprilia brand.

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I feel a team strike coming on.

Colaninno is to bankruptcy like bees are to honey. So far so good with Piaggio, but is he a Montezemolo or a Marchionne?