After his seat in the IODA Racing team fell through due to a lack of funds, Leon Camier is to race in MotoGP in 2014 after all. The Englishman is to replace Nicky Hayden on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R for both the Indianapolis and Brno rounds of MotoGP.

Hayden had surgery last week to remove a row of bones in his right hand, including the scaphoid he injured in a crash in 2011. On Tuesday, Hayden was examined for the first time after surgery, and although his recovery is going well, he will require an extended period of rehabilitation before he is ready to return to race.

As a result, Hayden will be forced to skip both the Indianapolis and Brno rounds of MotoGP, in the hope of returning to action at Silverstone at the end of August.

In the meantime, Camier is to ride his production RCV1000R for the two rounds, making his debut in the premier class at last. The Englishman will face an uphill task at Indianapolis, acclimatizing to the Bridgestone tires at a notoriously difficult circuit, and one which he has never ridden.

A week later, Camier will face a slightly easier challenge, racing at Brno which he knows from his time in World Superbikes.

Since learning that the IODA Racing team did not have the funds to field a second Aprilia RSV4 for Camier, the Englishman has been filling in as a replacement rider in World Superbikes. He took the seat of Sylvain Barrier on the BMW S1000RR EVO bike, and replaced the injured Claudio Corti on the MV Agusta F4RR.

He was also on standby to replace Nicky Hayden earlier in the year, after Hayden suffered a flare up of the wrist injury, but Hayden continued to race. Camier will now get his chance to ride Hayden’s bike, since the American decided to opt for surgery to fix the problem.

Source: Drive M7 Aspar; Photo: © 2014 Scott Jones / Photo.GP – All Rights Reserved

  • L2C

    Will be interesting. And he should just take it easy at Indy. No one expects him to get any points. He shouldn’t push, he shouldn’t try, he should leave that for Brno.

    But what am I saying? Camier’s a motorcycle racer. Of course he’ll push and try for points. It’s in his nature. Just don’t want to see him biting off more than he can chew.

  • Leon is looking for a better job. I think it’ll be all gas at Indy and Brno.

  • It would be great to see him get a full-time ride. His stand-in performances with BMW and MV were outstanding. His result on the MV at Laguna Seca was the best the team had enjoyed the entire season.

  • Seth

    I don’t think points are out of the question, Indy may be a stretch but 15th is possible and Brno should be 10-13. with his performance this year in SBK no way he will not have a full time ride next season.

  • H.L.

    Hey…two strong races could find him in the box with Nicky next year perhaps. Bye, Aoyama.

  • crshnbrn

    I would like to see Mr. Camier make the most of this opportunity. I would also like to see Austin Powers get his helmet back.

  • n/a

    ^Personal injury lawyers^ (?)

  • crshnbrn


    No, just a guy who still plays with motorcycles, but I have a history of unfortunate incidents involving motorized vehicles of both two and four-wheeled configurations.