Canepa and Young replace Checa and Camier in the USA
The Ducati Alstare and Suzuki Fixi Crescent teams have found replacements for Checa and Camier for the American World Superbike event: house rider Niccolo Canepa will ride on the Panigale and American expert Blake Young will pilot the GSX-R.
Carlos Checa and Leon Camier got badly banged up: big fracture of the pelvis for the Spaniard who had to, and seven small fractures in the foot for the Englishman who still hopes to dispute …
Neither of them will therefore be able to take part in the next World Superbike event, scheduled in eight days at. In their place, two pilots will therefore have the chance, the honor and the pleasure of piloting the 1199 Panigale R n ° 7 and the GSX-R 1000 n ° 2.
On the Ducati side, Checa’s motorcycle will be entrusted to a rider branded with the Bologna Red Iron: Niccolo Canepa, Superstock 1000 champion in 2007 on the brand new 1098, development rider for Ducati and holder of the Pramac team on the Desmosedici !
After one, disappointing and unfinished in Moto2 – on three different motorcycles … -, the n ° 59 returned to the fold: Superstock 1000 in 2011 on 1198 (5th), World Superbike in 2012 on Ducati still (20th) and again Superstock this year on the 1199 Panigale !
With five podiums in eight races, Niccolo is currently second in the Superstock 1000 Cup with 125 points, 40 points behind our national Sylvain Barrier on BMW and 10 points ahead of Argentinian Leandro Mercado on Kawasaki.
Since the Superstock is not scheduled at Laguna Seca – the Supersport will also be absent – Ducati Alstare logically proposed to Canepa to join them there. The Italian already knows the bike in its "Superbike" version for having freelance this year alongside Checa and Badovini at .
In addition, Niccolo also raced on the Californian track during the: "I’m confident because Laguna Seca should match the Ducati and it also happens to be one of my favorite circuits", analyzes the replacement of Checa to whom he wishes a good recovery.
"I would like to thank my team manager Marco Barnabo for allowing me to ride again, the director of the Ducati SBK project Ernesto Marinelli and the Ducati Alstare team manager Francis Batta for offering me this opportunity, as well as my managers Silvia Mangione and Silvia Borella for SG Agency for their hard work and their faith in me".
"The month is going to be busy for me"(Niccolo will also replace Eddi La Marra in the Italian league this weekend at Mugello, Editor’s note),"but i will try to make the most of it thinking about next year"… and on his return to Superbike ?!
On the Suzuki side, the big boss Paul Denning has chosen to entrust Leon Camier’s GSX-R to a native of the country: Blake Young, double vice-champion of American Superbike in 2011 and 2012 on a … Suzuki Yoshimura! This should make it easier for this Wisconsin native who is celebrating his 26th birthday today: "Happy Birthday!"
Blake will in any case be less lost than during his three years in MotoGP. Without fixed handlebars this season, he took part in the three performances of the Intercontinental Circus in the United States at the controls of a CRT (APR-Kawasaki) but failed to shine.
21st in Austin, highside and breakage of the bike before the Laguna Seca race and finally, collision from the first lap in Indianapolis: the results are not famous for the n ° 79 which intends to make a much better impression on the 28th and 29th September in WSBK.
"I’m very excited to be racing for Fixi Crescent Suzuki and can’t wait to ride their bike", launches a particularly frank Blake Young:"I was surprised to get this call, but it will be great to be back at Laguna Seca, especially on a World Superbike machine! It’s a bit of a dream come true for me, especially since it’s on a Suzuki".
"I’m ready to get on the bike, try to do great things on a world level and see where that takes me. I want to thank everyone who made this possible. It’s never good for a pilot to get injured, I wish Leon to recover quickly and as well as possible".
"It will be great to ride his bike and I hope to do something good for him and for the team.", concludes Young who will therefore line up alongside our" Coq Supersportif "Jules Cluzel !
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