Round 07 Czech Republic

  • Camier Ninth in Combative Race 1 at Brno

    Leon Camier salvaged a ninth place finish in a fiercely fought Race 1 at Brno, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider continuing to get back to his best on board the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.


Race 1

Camier Ninth in Combative Race 1 at Brno

AUTOMOTODROM BRNO, Czech Republic,  Jun 9, 2018

Leon Camier salvaged a ninth place finish in a fiercely fought Race 1 at Brno, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider continuing to get back to his best on board the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

Having qualified in tenth place in Superpole 2, Camier lined up on the fourth row for Race 1. After a cautious start, Camier was battling for a top ten position however four laps after the start of the race a red flag was called due to the air fence needing to be repaired following a rider crashing at turn 5. As a result, the race was restarted and a shorter 16 lap contest ensued.

After the restart Camier got a much better start the second time around, making up places and finding himself in an intense four way battle for a top-six place with Laverty, Davies and Savadori. Although he managed to get close to making up more positions in the final laps, Camier crossed the finish line in ninth place adding seven points to his championship tally.

It was a tough first WorldSBK race at Brno for Jake Gagne, the rookie managed to get a good start in the race and managed to gain some positions, however a technical issue on the fifth lap after the restart cut his race short.

Race 2 will take place at 1300 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow but before then, the morning Warm Up session takes place at 0935.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"I'm satisfied with how today went as I felt we got the most out of our current package for this circuit especially having missed the test here which meant we didn't have much time to find the right setup. In some areas in Race 1 we were quite strong, we just need to work on a couple of weak points to allow me to attack more in tomorrow's race. Injury wise, this race was a lot easier than Donington, the pain is quite manageable and is only an issue when I'm trying hard to pass other riders. We'll try making some tweaks to the Fireblade's geometry overnight to see if we can make a step tomorrow and challenge for the top six again."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"We made some good changes to the bike today as I wasn't too comfortable yesterday and right away in Race 1 I felt better on the bike and got a good start. Then we had the restart and my start the second time around really wasn't good and then I had some problems with the clutch which meant I couldn't complete the race. It's a shame but the good thing is we've now found a good setting for my Fireblade so I'm excited to see how we go in Warm Up tomorrow. It's another learning day and we'll go out and try do a better job in Race 2."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"Today we had some mixed results, on the one hand another top ten finish for Leon in the first race was promising, especially given he was able to fight for a top six position. Given our lack of testing here and his injury, this was a positive outcome, we just need to see if we can find a couple of tenths in our setting for the CBR1000RR to give Leon a better package for tomorrow. Unfortunately we had a technical issue with Jake's clutch, we'll analyze his bike to see if we can find the cause and regroup ahead of tomorrow. If we can make some slight improvements on both sides of the garage for Race 2, I think we can end the weekend strongly."


Race 2

Camier Seventh, Gagne Twelfth in Roasting Race 2 at Brno

AUTOMOTODROM BRNO, Czech Republic,  Jun 10, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team concluded their Czech WorldSBK adventure with a double point-scoring finish as Leon Camier crossed the finish line in seventh place and a resurgent Jake Gagne took twelfth in hot conditions at Brno.

Leon Camier(#2)

Leon Camier(#2)


Camier started Race 2 in P6 on the grid but needed a couple of laps to find his feet, settling into P9 in the opening laps. As other riders struggled in the warm conditions, Camier adapted and was able to improve his pace to work his way ahead of his competitors and climbed to seventh place with five laps remaining, the position he held until the checkered flag.

Further back, Gagne got a good start from the seventh row of the grid and quickened his pace as the race went on, setting his quickest lap of the race on lap 9. A last lap push nearly brought the American his first top-ten finish in WorldSBK, but ultimately he just missed out although he still equalled his best result of the year with P12.

The Race 2 result sees Camier move up one place in the championship standings to tenth on 72 points, while Gagne stays in seventeenth overall but increases his points tally to 24.

The United States hosts the next WorldSBK round at Gagne’s home circuit of Laguna Seca from June 22-24.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"The start of the race was a bit of a struggle until I found my rhythm, we made a couple of setting changes during Warm Up which worked well but the start was tricky with the hot conditions. As the race progressed I managed to adapt and find a good pace, even when the tires dropped off I managed to hold my pace. This weekend we weren't fast enough to challenge for the top five but if we keep this momentum going and work on the areas on the bike where we need to, I really think some better results will be on their way soon."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"It was a good race today, we made some changes to the Fireblade this morning in Warm Up which helped give me the feeling I was looking for all weekend. The biggest challenge was being so far back on the grid and it took a couple of laps to get my rhythm, but in the middle of the race I was quite strong. I've been working on my riding and the team on the bike throughout the weekend so today it all came together. It was a positive end to the weekend and next up is Laguna Seca which will be awesome."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"Our objective coming into this weekend was to continue building momentum with both riders and today's race helped us achieve that with Leon finishing in P7 and Jake equalling his best result of the season with twelfth place. Leon's pace in the race was quite good, especially in the latter stages and Jake also managed to improve throughout the race. It's the second round back having both our riders fit so to score some good points and get a lot of track time puts us in good shape looking ahead to Laguna Seca. With Leon being close to being fully fit and it being Jake's home race, we will be aiming to be more competitive at the upcoming rounds."

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 07: Automotodrom Brno – Czech Republic

Superbike Race 1

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

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
2 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
3 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
4 LavertyEugene (Milwaukee Aprilia)
5 L. SAVADORI (Milwaukee Aprilia)
6 M. RINALDI (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team)
7 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
12 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
13 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
2 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
3 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
4 Lucas MAHIAS (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
5 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
6 Thomas GRADINGER (NRT)
8 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
12 HannesSOOMER (Racedays)
15 Alex BALDOLINI (GEMAR Team Lorini)
16 M.CANDUCCI (FLORAMO MONACO Racing Team)
17 Andrew IRWIN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
25 Pierre COPPA (Motor Village 69 Racing)
RT Gergo MOLNAR (VEPP Racing)

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