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Leon Camier facing uncertain future amid ongoing injury struggles

Leon Camier hints retirement could be on the cards if he doesn't make a full and proper recovery from his ongoing shoulder injury

Leon Camier has hinted he could be forced to retire from racing as he continues along a protracted road to recovery amid ongoing injury woes.

The Briton has started only a small handful of races since May 2019 when an accident during the WorldSBK round in Imola left him with a serious shoulder injury. Returning months later to complete the season with Honda, he was signed to compete with Barni Ducati for 2020 but a crash during testing left him with a new shoulder injury.

After failing to make a full recovery in the run up to WorldSBK’s return to action last year, Camier was forced to sever ties with Barni Ducati, with the Briton inferring he will now take the year out to try and achieve full fitness.

“I’d like to have the shoulder back and then we will see what I want to do. Right now I want to relax and have no stress of coming back when I am not ready, keep pushing my body and try to sleep and enjoy life a little bit with no pressure.

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“I have had so many injuries in the last two years, it’s crazy – ribs, lung, shoulder, back, leg, wrist… it’s been a hard couple of years for sure. Which is why now the decision was taken to split from the team so I can take the year to relax basically, to try and get the shoulder back healthy and then I will decide what I want to do for the future.”

Reflecting on what the future could bring, the 2009 British Superbike Champion admits it is unclear so long as his shoulder remains a factor in holding him back.

“I’m not sure for the future. The priority is to get the shoulder good and then we will see what happens. I don’t want to put pressure on coming back immediately if I am not feeling it. I will look at what options are available and if I am interested I will come back, if not then I won’t.”
 

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