Britain’s Leon Camier has three chances to grab a seat in MotoGP for the 2015 after a possible door at Pramac Ducati was closed with the signing of Danilo Petrucci who was supposed to be his Ioda team-mate for the whole of this season.
The former British Superbike Champion impressed the paddock with his rides as Nicky Hayden’s stand-in at Aspar but lost out to the shorter Eugene Laverty (click here) for a spot next to Nicky Hayden next year. Loris Baz also fell victim of tallism in the squad and, even though had a letter of intent to ride, is having to look elsewhere.
Camier has three places left to go if you discount the notion that shoestring-budgeted Ioda can carry on. Avintia Ducati need someone to race alongside Hector Barbera on the GP14s, Gresini Aprilia have only confirmed Alvaro Bautista and Forward Yamaha also have a space next to Stefan Bradl.
The Kent rider is in a scrap with Frenchmen Loris Baz and Mike Di Meglio, and Italian Alex De Angelis for all three places. Baz is known to be in deep negotiations with Forward but their title sponsor would prefer an Italian rider. De Angelis is already riding for the team. Avintia will more than likely need money and Di Meglio can, apparently, bring sponsorship cash and is already in the team.
Gresini Aprilia is the unknown. Camier has history with the factory’s World Superbike outfit, having ridden as Max Biaggi’s team-mate in 2010 and 2011. That looks likely to be the favourite place for him to land as the 2015 MotoGP ART won’t be hugely different to the bike he rode in WSBK - save for the tyres and discs he has already ridden on four times this year. Baz has no such experience…