World Superbike rider Leon Camier has endured a difficult season thus far in the World Superbike Championship. Breaking ribs and suffering from a lung contusion during Race 1 at Aragon, Camier had to miss the next two rounds of the 2018 season.
Now suffering another crash, this time at the Suzuka 8-Hours test in Japan, Camier is once again on the mend, fracturing the C5 vertebra in his neck.
The injury will mean that Camier will miss the Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race, where he was supposed to ride on the factory Honda team entry.
Instead, the British rider will spend the two-month WorldSBK summer break healing his wounds. Hopefully, he will be healthy enough to take part in the World Superbike test at Portimao on August 23rd and 24th, and the Portuguese round September 14th thru 16th.
Honda is making a strong effort for this year’s Suzuka 8-Hours race, tired of seeing the Yamaha Factory Racing Team upstaging them at their own circuit for the past three-years in a row.
Finally fielding its own official factory team for the first time in a decade, Honda was counting on the racing services of World Superbike’s Leon Camier, All Japan Superbike’s Takumi Takahashi, and MotoGP’s Takaaki Nakagami.
It will be interesting to see who Honda finds to replace Camier on the factory Suzuka team. Stay tuned for information on that.