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Barrier to make BSB debut with Smiths Racing BMW

Double FIM Superstock Cup champion Sylvain Barrier will make his debut in the British Superbike Championship next season, as the Frenchman joins Peter Hickman in the Smiths Racing BMW line-up for their 2018 campaign.

Barrier has had a long association with BMW and the 29-year-old was FIM Superstock Cup champion in 2012 and 2013 before moving into the factory BMW World Superbike team. The Frenchman has already experienced domestic Superbike action; he lined up in the MotoAmerica series where he finished in 15th place after a serious injury sustained early in the season scuppered his chances.

Barrier said:  “I’m looking forward to racing in BSB and have already ridden at Cadwell Park with Peter who is not only fast, he’s a great guy too! I know it will be tough learning the tracks I don’t know and there are times I may struggle, but we have plans to do track days at the unfamiliar ones, so I know the logistics of them before we race there.

“We have tests planned over winter, so I can get used to the bike and my team, and I shall enjoy working with a family-based team. Alan and Rebecca have the same mentality as my own family, so I will give 100% and hope we can be competitive.”

Rebecca Smith, Team Manager commented: “Sylvain has got loads of experience on the BMW and we’ll ensure the team will give him the best bike. We know it’s going to be a challenge at times but it’s one we’re prepared for and I’m sure he’ll do a great job for us.”

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