Posted: 09 Oct 2013
This weekend, Sylvain Barrier took his second title victory in the FIM Superstock 1000 category, becoming the first person to win the European Superstock title twice. This in itself is quite an unusual thing as the Superstock 1000 category is designed as a feeder class with winners expected to move on in their career.
Barrier remained in the Superstock category after winning the title in 2012 with the hope of remaining with the team who took him to two Superstock titles – Goldbet BMW – and moving into Superbike. In fact, rumour has it Barrier had been promised should he win the title he’d move into Superbike with BMW in 2014.
However back in August it was announced BMW would be pulling their World Superbike effort at the end of the season, leaving Barrier scuppered.
Barrier, picked up three years ago by Feel Racing (the team behind Goldbet BMW) has matured from losing out on the title through a number of crashes in 2011, to winning four races in 2012 to take the title, to finishing on the podium in every race apart from two to dominate the championship in 2013.
Rumour at Magny-Cours this weekend hinted at BMW rewarding Barrier with an outing on the S 1000 RR Superbike at the final round of the Superbike World Championship at Jerez. This could give Barrier the chance to showcase his talent in the series in order to secure a ride for 2013.
Feel Racing haven’t announced what they’ll be doing following BMW’s withdrawal, but it’s largely expected that the team – who won numerous World titles with Ducati – will remain in the series.