Round 01 Australia

  • Camier Fights to Seventh in Race 1 at Phillip Island

    The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team scored a double points finish in Race 1 at Phillip Island, as Leon Camier fought his way into seventh place and Jake Gagne came home in twelfth at the opening race of the 2018 WorldSBK season.


Race 1

Camier Fights to Seventh in Race 1 at Phillip Island

Phillip Island, Australia, February  25, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team scored a double points finish in Race 1 at Phillip Island, as Leon Camier fought his way into seventh place and Jake Gagne came home in twelfth at the opening race of the 2018 WorldSBK season.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Starting on the grid in tenth and twelfth place respectively, Camier and Gagne were both able to make decent starts as the lights went out and settled into a good rhythm in the opening laps.

As the race reached half distance, Camier upped the pace and after passing Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty on lap 15 for eighth place, continued to push hard and overtook Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark with a couple of laps remaining to move into P7, the position he held all the way to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Gagne also managed to increase his pace in the latter stages and found himself embroiled in a fierce four-way battle for tenth place and ultimately came home in P12 to score valuable points at the season opener.

Due to his finishing position of P7 in Race 1 Camier will line up in P4 on the row 2 of the grid for Race 2 while Gagne will start on row 4 in P12. Race 2 of the Australian round of WorldSBK starts at 1500 local time (GMT +11).

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / 7th

“I made a good start in the race as qualifying didn't go to plan, but in the opening laps I got involved in a couple of battles that cost me some time. Once I broke away I was able to set a good pace and make up some positions, but when my rear tyre went away in the last few laps I focused on keeping my position. Hopefully if I can get a good start from fourth on the grid tomorrow and we can find a setting to look after the rear tyre a bit better, we should have a good Race 2.”

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / 12th

“For my first race here my first priority was to finish the race and score some points which I did so I'm happy with that. I felt comfortable on the bike and the work we did in practice to preserve the rear tyre worked as I could fight in the group for tenth place in the second half of the race. There was a couple of aggressive moves in the last few laps but I was able to keep up the pace, so for tomorrow my goal is to once again fight for the top ten.”

Kervin Bos Team Manager

“Today was a solid start for the team as both riders were able to score points in Race 1 which is what we were after and shows us we can push for a better result tomorrow. It was unfortunate that Leon's crash meant he couldn't qualify higher up the grid as I think his race pace means the top five is realistic. However, he is starting from P4 tomorrow which gives us the chance to score a good result tomorrow. Jake was also able to make a step during the race and move up from his grid position and get in the fight for tenth position, he learned a lot today in terms of tyre management so for Race 2 we are also confident another good result is on the cards.”

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Race 2

Camier Sixth in Epic Race 2 Battle at Phillip Island

Australia February 25, 2018

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier took sixth place in Race 2 of the Australian WorldSBK round as the British rider completed an impressive competitive debut on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

For Race 2 Camier lined up on the second row in P4 and after a great opening lap, ran as high as second place in a lead group comprising eight riders for the first half of the race. Meanwhile Jake Gagne, starting from row four in P12 got up to speed and was in a fight for a top ten position before he had a small crash at turn 4. However, the American rider was able to re-join the race.

Following a mandatory pit stop for new tyres at the end of lap 11 – a ruling introduced for Race 2 due to some riders experiencing high tyre wear in Race 1 – Camier and Gagne resumed their push up the field and both riders were able to make up places in the second half of the race.

Camier was especially impressive as he made some bold passing moves to move into P5 towards the end of the 22-lap race, and fighting until the end he crossed the finish line in sixth place, just 2.745 seconds behind the race winner. Gagne recovered from his earlier spill to come home in P13 and wrap up a double-points finish on his first ever race weekend at Phillip Island.

With round 1 completed, Camier is sixth in the WorldSBK championship standings on 19 points, while Gagne is fifteenth overall with 7 points. The Red Bull World Superbike Team will next be in action at round 2 of the WorldSBK season at Chang International Circuit in Thailand from March 23-25.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 2 / 6th

“I gave as much as I could in Race 2, we were really strong in some areas and in other areas not so much but overall I felt very competitive. I could stick with the leading group before and after the pit stop and made some really good passes from a long way back. I had some good battles with Lowes and Sykes and between the two races this weekend I'm really happy with my first race weekend with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team. Now I just want to keep making progress and see what we can do at the next round in Thailand.”

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 2 / 13th

“It was a bittersweet weekend for me; I made a lot of progress on the bike, but the crash today meant I couldn't get the result me and the Fireblade were capable of. In warm up I was in the top ten and in Race 2 I felt even better, but I got caught up with some other riders and when trying to make a pass at turn four had the door closed on me and crashed. It was a real shame but at least I could recover to finish the race and score some points. Overall, I've improved my pace a lot over the weekend and got points in both races so its something to build on. I wish we were going to Thailand tomorrow!”

Kervin Bos Team Manager

“It was a very exciting race today and Leon showed what the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 was capable of, running in second place in the early stages. Leon managed to stay in the lead pack for the whole race, but unfortunately for us the pit stop was almost too good as we got Leon away very quickly which meant he couldn't exit pit lane as fast as the other riders. This cost him a bit of time on his out lap however his pace was good enough that he could catch the lead group again and a P6 finish just two seconds from the race winner was a very good way to end the weekend. Jake also found more pace than he had yesterday but he also had some bad luck with a small crash when trying to pass some slower riders. However he managed to recover and score points again and I know there's more in the bag for Jake as we get to the next races. Looking over the whole weekend I am pleased with our season start and I'd like to say thanks to all the team, the guys back at the workshop, our partners, sponsors and Honda Europe for all their support so far and now we look ahead to Thailand where we'll push even harder for some good results.”

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018
Round 01: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
2 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
3 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
4 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
5 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
6 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
7 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
12 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
16 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
2 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
3 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
4 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
5 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
6 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
13 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
14 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Lucas MAHIAS (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
2 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
3 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
4 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
5 Luke STAPLEFORD (Profile Racing)
6 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
8 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
11 Niki TUULI (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
16 H.soomer (Racedays)

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