Round 08 United States

  • Gagne Caps Successful WorldSBK Homecoming with Ninth Place in Laguna Seca Race 2

    Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Jake Gagne scored a career-best ninth place in Race 2 at Laguna Seca while Leon Camier fought back from an early crash to recover to P13 and secure valuable championship points.


Race 1

Gagne Grabs First WorldSBK Top Ten in Race 1 at Laguna Seca

WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, USA, June 23, 2018

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rookie Jake Gagne stormed to his best ever finish in the WorldSBK championship, the American rider taking full advantage of his home circuit knowledge to claim tenth place in Race 1 at Laguna Seca.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Lining up on the grid for Race 1 in P16, Gagne’s best ever race result was initiated by a strong surge in the opening stages of the race when he passed numerous riders on his Fireblade. Finding himself in tenth place by lap seven, Gagne came under pressure from other riders while nursing a slight issue on his bike, but managed to hold them off to secure a fine tenth place finish.

On the number 2 CBR1000RR, fortunes were less kind to Camier who started from P7 on the grid for Race 1. Camier started steadily but improved his pace as the race went on and while running in P9 and catching the rider ahead of him, his gearshift lever broke resulting in an early retirement for the British rider.

The tenth place for Gagne means his point tally grows to 30 championship points and he remains in 17th overall in the standings. Camier is twelfth overall with 72 championship points.

Race 2 will take place at 1400 local time (GMT -7) tomorrow with the next session of the weekend, the Sunday Warm Up session starting at 10:30 am local time.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"Today it was a difficult race, my pace in the early stages wasn't what I was expecting but as the race progressed I managed to get quicker and had a better rhythm. As soon as I felt good on the bike and started to gain on the riders in front of me, I had a problem with my gearshift lever which meant I couldn't continue. Me and my team will look to see where can can adjust the bike ahead of tomorrow's race so that I can be stronger in the first part of the race, if we can make that happen I'm sure Race 2 will be better."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"It was a pretty positive day, my first top ten in WorldSBK so I'm happy about that. My first couple of laps were good, it seems the warmer track temperature actually helped me compared to the other guys, so I could make quite a few good passes. Starting so far back on the grid meant I had a lot of work to do, but I could work my way up to tenth place and bring the bike home in that position after I had a little technical issue on the bike. We'll try a couple of things in Warm Up tomorrow as I think we can improve things even further and I'm confident we can do another good job tomorrow."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"It was great to see Jake score his first top ten result this season, especially in front of his home fans, but on the other side Leon had to retire due to a technical issue so it was a bittersweet day for the team. Jake was really strong at the start of the race, overtaking a lot of riders and keeping a good pace throughout the race so we hope to build on this for tomorrow. For Leon, there's some changes we need to make to unlock more potential on his CBR1000RR at the start of the race, so we'll work hard to deliver this for Race 2 and aim to have both our riders finish in the top ten."


Race 2

Gagne Caps Successful WorldSBK Homecoming with Ninth Place in Laguna Seca Race 2

WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, USA, June 24, 2018

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Jake Gagne scored a career-best ninth place in Race 2 at Laguna Seca while Leon Camier fought back from an early crash to recover to P13 and secure valuable championship points.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

After claiming his first ever WorldSBK top-ten finish in Race 1 yesterday, Gagne lined up in P15 for today’s race and in carbon-copy style to yesterday, showed great pace in the early laps on his CBR1000RR SP2.

Gagne worked his way up into the top ten by lap five and maintained a strong pace throughout the second half of the race, bringing his Fireblade over the finish line with an emphatic wheelie in ninth place.

For Camier, it was another frustrating race with the Briton crashing at turn 2 on the third lap, however he recovered brilliantly to catch up to the pack and made several passes to ultimately finish in the points in P13.

With five rounds remaining in the 2018 WorldSBK season, Camier is twelfth place on the championship table with 75 points while Gagne is in seventeenth place with 37 points.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will next be in action at the Pirelli Riviera di Rimini round at Misano Circuit from July 6-8.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"Not an ideal end to the race weekend, but it was good that after my crash I could get back on my bike and had a good pace and could grab some points in thirteenth place. After yesterday's race, we made some changes to the position of my gearshift lever, but unfortunately I missed a shift in the race, ran wide and came off the bike in turn 2 which prevented me getting a better result. Although it wasn't the race we wanted today, on the plus side we found a good direction with the chassis and I felt better on the bike. We'll keep pushing for improvements in Misano."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"A couple of top ten results at my home track made this the best weekend of the season so far. It was really great racing in front of my fans, friends and family and today I felt really strong on my Fireblade. I didn't get off to the best start, but after a few laps I was able to make some passes and make my way into the top ten, and then for the second half it was a long, lonely race. I had a couple of moments in the second half of the race but I managed the gap to the riders behind me and brought it home in ninth place."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"Jake built on what he achieved yesterday to score his best ever result today in Race 2 and with two strong races this weekend we're really proud of what he has done as a rookie at his home round. He showed what he's capable of here at Laguna Seca and we hope to see more of this at the remaining rounds. On the other side of the garage it was another tough race for Leon as although we could find a better chassis setup for him at this track, he had a small crash at turn 2 early in the race. However, he showed true fighting spirit to come back to thirteenth place. Now it's time for Misano in a couple of weeks time where we will want to improve again and get good results before the summer break."

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 08: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – United States

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
3 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
4 Laverty Eugene (Milwaukee Aprilia)
5 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
6 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
10 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

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

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