Blake Young will make his Superbike World Championship debut on home turf next weekend after FIXI Crescent Suzuki signed the American to ride at Laguna Seca. The two-time AMA Superbike runner-up will replace Leon Camier after the Briton broke seven bones in his right foot at Istanbul last Friday and Young is excited to test himself again on the world stage after two MotoGP appearances earlier this year.
“I’m really excited at the prospect of riding for FIXI Crescent Suzuki and I can’t wait to ride the bike. It was a surprise to get the call, but it will be great to go back to Laguna Seca, especially on a World Superbike – it’s a bit like a dream come true for me and made even better that it’s a Suzuki. I’m now ready to get out on the bike and try to do some good things on the world stage and see what happens from there. I want to thank all the people that have made this happen and it’s never good when a rider gets injured, so I want to wish Leon all the best for a quick and full recovery. It will be great to ride his bike and hopefully I can do well on it for him and the team.”
Team Manager Paul Denning is confident Young will prove an able substitute for Camier, especially given his experience of the Monterrey circuit.
“We are happy to have secured Blake for the Laguna Seca round for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team; he has excellent knowledge of the circuit and also knows how to win on a Suzuki GSX-R and we think he’ll adapt to WSB quickly. It is never an easy job having to replace one of your riders due to injury, but we are sure Blake will do a good job for us at Laguna and the whole team is looking forward to welcoming him and we hope to have a smooth and successful weekend. We’ll certainly do all we can to help him be competitive and to get the best possible result.”