Blake Young To Replace Leon Camier At Laguna Seca WSBK Round

The Istanbul Park round of World Superbikes proved to be particularly punishing. Carlos Checa fractured a hip, Ayrton Badovini hurt his ankle, and Leon Camier broke the bones in his right foot in seven places. Today, Crescent Suzuki announced that they would be replacing the injured Camier with American rider Blake Young for the US round of World Superbikes at Laguna Seca.

Young is a logical choice for the Crescent Suzuki team. The Wisconsin native raced in the AMA Superbike series with a great deal of success, ending as runner up to series winner Josh Hayes in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He has a long association with Suzuki, and knows the track well. He is currently without a ride for this season, after being dropped in favor of Martin Cardenas at Yoshimura Suzuki. Young has so far featured in the three US rounds of MotoGP, riding the Attack Performance CRT machine as a wild card. His appearance at the Laguna Seca WSBK round means he will have the curious record of having raced in all four US rounds in both world championship series.

Below is the press release from the Crescent Suzuki team:


Team Suzuki Press Office - September 18.

AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young will join the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team for the forthcoming eni FIM Superbike World Championship round at Laguna Seca in America as a replacement for the injured Leon Camier.

The American will turn 26-years-of-age on the September 20th so the chance to ride the Yoshimura-Powered GSX-R1000 Superbike has come as an early birthday present for the Wisconsin-based racer. He has finished as runner-up in the highly competitive AMA Superbike series in the last two years and has this season raced in the Indianapolis and Houston rounds of the MotoGP™ Championship.

Young has been drafted in to replace Camier at Laguna Seca following the Englishman's huge crash in Turkey last weekend that left him needing surgery on seven broken bones in his right foot. He is now recovering from the injury and is aiming to be fit for the final race of the season at Jerez.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Young was 14 when he became a full-time road racer and two years later he officially entered the AMA Pro Road Racing Series on a Suzuki GSX-R600. He spent his first seasons in the Supersport,

Superstock and the Formula Xtreme series', before making his debut in Superbike in 2008 on a Suzuki. In 2009 Young moved to a full-time ride in the AMA Superbike class with Rockstar Makita Suzuki, taking four podiums in his first season and sixth overall. The following season he took five podiums - including three wins - and again raced to sixth in the championship. In 2011 he challenged for the title onboard the Yoshimura Suzuki, recording seven wins and another eight podiums, to see him finish runner-up - just five points away from the title-winner. Last season, while still with Yoshimura Suzuki he again finished second in AMA Pro Superbike Championship, taking three wins and 13 additional podiums to his name.

Fixi Crescent Suzuki's latest recruit will get his first taste of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Friday morning's free-practice at Laguna Seca on September 27th, where his knowledge of the Californian circuit will be put to good use as learns to ride a full-blown World Superbike there for the first time.

Blake Young:

"I'm really excited at the prospect of riding for FIXI Crescent Suzuki and I can't wait to ride the bike. It was a surprise to get the call, but it will be great to go back to Laguna Seca, especially on a World Superbike - it's a bit like a dream come true for me and made even better that it's a Suzuki. I'm now ready to get out on the bike and try to do some good things on the world stage and see what happens from there. I want to thank all the people that have made this happen and it's never good when a rider gets injured, so I want to wish Leon all the best for a quick and full recovery. It will be great to ride his bike and hopefully I can do well on it for him and the team."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"We are happy to have secured Blake for the Laguna Seca round for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team; he has excellent knowledge of the circuit and also knows how to win on a Suzuki GSX-R and we think he'll adapt to WSB quickly. It is never an easy job having to replace one of your riders due to injury, but we are sure Blake will do a good job for us at Laguna and the whole team is looking forward to welcoming him and we hope to have a smooth and successful weekend. We'll certainly do all we can to help him be competitive and to get the best possible result."

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Is it safe to assume that Hopper didn't light it up at a recent trackday in Silverstone? I thought perhaps with the pre-existing relationship between Denning and Hopper, he would be in the running as a replacement rider. Perhaps not?

Hopper probably did get asked, but maybe his and his wife's first child is due any day now, so might've declined on account of that.