Round 06 United Kingdom

  • Courageous Camier Clinches Top-ten Finish in Race 1 at Donington

    Leon Camier battled through the pain barrier to score a sensational top-ten finish in WorldSBK Race 1 at Donington Park for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, while Jake Gagne finished just outside the points in his Superbike debut.


Race 1

Courageous Camier Clinches Top-ten Finish in Race 1 at Donington

Donington Park Circuit, United Kingdom,  May 26, 2018

Leon Camier battled through the pain barrier to score a sensational top-ten finish in WorldSBK Race 1 at Donington Park for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, while Jake Gagne finished just outside the points in his Superbike debut at the demanding British circuit.

Leon Camier

Jake Gagne

Starting from P13 on the grid for Race 1, Camier got a good start to make up a couple of positions and set a strong pace on his Fireblade. As the race went on, Camier settled into twelfth place while maintaining a good rhythm and despite being in considerable pain due to his injury, the Briton valiantly charged on and as the checkered flag was waved, crossed the finish line in tenth place.

Gagne also enjoyed some close racing in the pack and after starting the race from the seventh row on the grid, the American rookie was able to pick up positions throughout the race and at the finish line claimed sixteenth place just behind fellow Honda rider and compatriot PJ Jacobsen who took the final points-paying position.

The result sees Camier’s point tally for the season grow to 48 points and he remains in P11 in the championship, while Gagne sits eighteenth overall with seventeen points. The next WorldSBK session is tomorrow’s Warm Up session at 0945 local time (GMT +1) with Race 2 kicking off at 1300.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"What a day! That was a really tough race and in the last laps I managed to battle through the fatigue so to come away with a top ten finish is more than I could have hoped for today. The Fireblade was working really well and I could keep a great pace, particularly in the first two sectors but in the hard braking and left hand turns my injuries made it quite a struggle. The goal today was just to finish the race, but being able to keep pace with the Ducatis in front of me and finish in P10 was encouraging so I'm pretty pleased."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"Today wasn't an easy day but it was a good experience getting in so many dry laps in around this circuit. Superpole didn't go as well as we had hoped so I started the race a fair way back and my start wasn't the best which left me with a lot of work to do in the race. It took a few laps to find my rhythm and in some areas the bike was working well, but in other areas - particularly under braking - we were missing a bit so although I managed to pick up some positions during the race, I think with some changes to the bike and my riding style we can be stronger tomorrow."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"I'm happy with how our day went today given our situation. Leon's tenth place was special considering he's riding with broken ribs, especially as so far this weekend he didn't manage more than a handful of laps each stint, so for him to complete 23 laps with such a strong pace was a big boost not only for him but also our team. We'll continue to see how he's doing but for today we're very happy with his performance. Jake has been building up steadily this weekend and again he took a step in the race today, he only just missed out on the points today but now he knows the track and we can make some changes overnight so he will try again for to fight for points tomorrow. Today marks the first race since Thailand where both of our riders have completed a race, so we hope this is a turning point for our season and we can start to build momentum again and get the results the team, riders and CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 are capable of."


Race 2

Camier and Gagne Charge to Double Points Finish in Donington Race 2

Donington Park Circuit, United Kingdom,  May 27, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team capped off their weekend at Donington Park with a double points finish as both Leon Camier and Jake Gagne charged their way through the field in a great comeback performance.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

After a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday, Camier and Gagne again lined up in P13 and P21 on the grid for Race 2 but were able to effectively tap the potential of their CBR1000RR SP2 machines to make up many positions in the race and secure a double points finish for their team.

From the fifth row of the grid, Camier got out of the blocks quickly, moving into ninth place on the first lap and in another determined effort, was able to set a quick pace throughout the 23-lap event. Keeping within the top ten throughout the race, Camier picked off the Ducati of Marco Melandri and BMW’s Loris Baz in the final stages to claim eighth place and seal a successful comeback from injury.

Meanwhile, Gagne was equally impressive in his ability to carve through the field as the rookie systematically passed his rivals throughout the race after starting from the seventh row. After just missing out on scoring points in Race 1 with a P16 finish, Gagne made amends in today’s contest by coming home in thirteenth place to score three valuable championship points.

After six rounds in the 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship Camier is eleventh in the riders standings with 56 points, while Gagne moves up into seventeenth overall with 20 points. The duo will next be in action in round seven of WorldSBK which takes place at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic from June 8-10.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"I was really happy with the result today, we weren't really sure whether I could finish both races so to finish in the top ten yesterday and today was a big bonus. In today's race I didn't attack too hard from the start, I just tried to get into a rhythm and see on what parts of the track I could push more. I had a good battle with Loris and Marco, changing positions a few times so given my condition it was great to be able to fight. Results aside, me and the team worked hard this weekend on developing our electronic settings and we made a lot of progress so that's another positive to take away this weekend. Things are heading in the right direction with the bike so I'll now look to rest up and continue my recovery ahead of Brno."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"We made some good progress with the bike this morning, particularly on the chassis side so in Warm Up we went faster than we did all weekend which gave me a good feeling ahead of the race. The first few laps of the race were tough; my start was OK but starting so far back meant there was a lot of traffic to deal with, but from the halfway point of the race onwards it was a lot better. My Fireblade was working well and I could attack in quite a few parts of the track which helped me make up some places and it was good to finish in the points today. The result today was a good way to end the race weekend and I think we're going to be in really good shape for Brno."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"Today's double points finish was a good result after our recent trials and it was a big boost to all of the team here at Donington. Leon made another great effort today, he's in pain but managed his physical condition better day by day which not only meant he could get a good result, it really helped us continue with our bike development, we learned a lot this weekend. Jake did a really good job after yesterday's race to work with the team before Warm Up to make the changes he needed and the result was he was much quicker in the race today and finished in thirteenth place and score some good points for the team. Although our results on paper this weekend were nothing spectacular, it was an important step in getting ourselves back on track so that we can start to build momentum for the rest of the season."

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 06: Donington Park Circuit – United Kingdom

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
2 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
3 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
4 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
5 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
6 LAVERTY Eugene (Milwaukee Aprilia)
10 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
15 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
16 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
2 RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
3 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
4 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
5 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
6 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
8 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
13 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
16 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
2 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
3 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
4 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
5 Lucas MAHIAS (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
6 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
10 Andrew IRWIN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
13 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
14 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
RT Jaimie VAN SIKKELERUS (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT Ryan VICKERS (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)

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