Round 09 Italy

  • Double Points Finish for Red Bull Honda in Race 1 at Misano

     The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team scored a double points finish in Race 1 of the Riviera Di Rimini WorldSBK round, as Leon Camier claimed ninth place and Jake Gagne finished in fourteenth position in hot and humid conditions at Misano.


Race 1

Double Points Finish for Red Bull Honda in Race 1 at Misano

MISANO CIRCUIT, Italy, July 7, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team scored a double points finish in Race 1 of the Riviera Di Rimini WorldSBK round, as Leon Camier claimed ninth place and Jake Gagne finished in fourteenth position in hot and humid conditions at Misano.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

Starting the race on the fourth row of the grid in P10, Camier had a steady start to the race before finding a stronger pace in the second half of the twenty-one lap contest. Camier’s metronomic pace helped him close the gap to the riders in front of him to under a second, however he crossed the finish line in ninth place, a result that means he will line up on the second row of the grid in P6 for Race 2 tomorrow.

For Gagne it was a combative race in the sultry conditions, the rookie setting off from P19 on the grid but in his customary style, he was able to make up numerous places to secure another points-paying position in P14.

The seven points scored by Camier moves him up to eleventh in the overall standings on 82 points, while Gagne remains seventeenth in the standings on 39 points.

The team and riders will now regroup ahead of Race 2 tomorrow at 13:00 local time (GMT +2) with the next session being the Warm Up session at 09:35 tomorrow.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"We managed to finish in the top ten but we were expecting more today in the race. Although my pace on used tires was really good in the second half of the race, I wasn't able to get the most out of the new tires in the first part of the race which really hurt us. The team and I will look over the data and work out what happened and how to fix it for Race 2. If we can find a solution, then starting from the second row tomorrow I hope we can achieve the kind of result our potential here has shown we're capable of."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"It's been a tough weekend so far, qualifying today didn't go well so I was happy that in the race I could run at a decent pace, make up positions and score some points. I got a good start but on the opening lap got shut out in some corners, but when it settled down I kept a good pace to finish P13 and most importantly, have 21 laps around this circuit which will help me and the team work on things for tomorrow where I hope to be in the points again."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"We didn't meet our target in terms of results today which was disappointing. The warmer track conditions for Race 1 meant that Leon was unable to extract the maximum performance out of his tires in the early laps, although his pace on used tires - as it has been all weekend - was really strong. We will analyze things overnight to try and make his Fireblade more potent in the early laps to give him the best chance of achieving the result his pace has warranted here at Misano. For Jake, as is his style he could make a step forward in performance in the race after a difficult qualifying session, so to score points from the back of the grid was a good result and we'll work with him to help him achieve the same tomorrow."


Race 2

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Claim Another Double Points Haul at Misano

MISANO CIRCUIT, Italy, July 8, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team secured another double point scoring result in Race 2 at Misano today, as Leon Camier took tenth place with Jake Gagne back in fourteenth position in what was another hot and challenging contest.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

For Race 2, Camier started from the second row of the grid in P6 and after a frantic start found himself in tenth place at the end of the first lap. In a carbon copy to yesterday’s race, Camier was able to improve his pace in the middle stage of the race, and although he closed the gap to the riders ahead of him, he couldn’t improve his tenth place position as he crossed the finish line.

Back on row 7, Gagne also had a steady start, however the American was able to make progress through the field on his CBR1000RR and he came home in fourteenth place to add to his points tally for the season. After a tough qualifying result, the rookie rider turned his weekend around with point-scoring results in both races.

Camier’s championship points tally is now 88 and he sits eleventh in the standings, while Gagne is seventeenth overall with 41 points.

The WorldSBK season now enters its Summer break, with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team next being in competitive action at the Portuguese round at Portimão from September 14-16.

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"Today's race was practically the same as yesterday, the second half was strong but I lost too much time in the early laps on new tires. As the race went on I was able to slowly catch Baz in front of me, but overall this weekend our package just wasn't as competitive as we hoped. We have a good idea on where we need to improve the bike, so the tests next month will be very important for us."

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

"Another challenging race but the changes we made to the bike for Warm Up meant I was able to fight more in the race today. The first few laps were really tough as I was caught up behind some slower riders, but once I got some clean air I could set a good pace and make some passes. Considering how far back I qualified I'm happy I could put in a better performance in the races and score some points here at Misano."

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

"It was another tough day at office for the team, after yesterday's race we were hoping for an improvement but we were still struggling to improve our pace in the hot conditions. We now need to assess why we struggle in these conditions more than others as our results this weekend isn't where we want to be. We have some tests during the Summer break where we have some development parts to test and our target is to finish the rest of the season in a stronger position than we are now."

More

Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 09: Misano Circuit – Italy

Superbike Race 1

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

Superbike Race 2

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

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
2 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
3 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
4 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
5 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
6 A.WEST (EAB antwest Racing)
7 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
15 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
17 Peter SEBESTYEN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
18 Roberto MERCANDELLI (Scuderia Improve - Firenze Motor)
22 Jaimie VAN SIKKELERUS (GEMAR Team Lorini)

Photos