Leon Camier, former British Superbike champ and for the last two years partner to Max Biaggi in Aprilia’s World Superbike effort, has signed with Crescent Suzuki to compete in WSB.
It seems likely that American John Hopkins will join the team; Hopkins came within a wheel diameter of winning the 2011 BSB title for Crescent and has strong ties with Paul Denning (who owns Crescent and has managed Suzuki’s Moto GP team for some time).
Crescent Suzuki has also announced that its bikes for the WSB series in 2012 will have engines built by the famed tuning company Yoshimura of Japan.
Further to our recent World Superbike update, Kawasaki has confirmed that Brit Tom Sykes and Portuguese Joan Lascorz will be on factory bikes for 2012.
Talking of updates, further to our recent Moto GP update, Fausto Gresini has confirmed that his San Carlo Honda Moto GP team will indeed have two entries in 2012, but only Alvaro Bautista will be on a factory Honda. The second will be a CRT bike with frame built by English constructor FTR and a CBR1000-based Honda engine. No confirmation on the rider as yet.
Also, Ducati star Nicky Hayden has revealed that he broke bones in his wrist at the first-corner accident at the final Moto GP race at Valencia, one of them being the slow-to-heal scaphoid. He’s had the bone screwed together at Dr. Arthur Ting’s clinic in Fremont, California, and expects to be 100% for testing in the New Year.