Round 10 Portugal

  • Gagne and Camier Fight to Double Points Finish in Portimao Race 2

    The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team completed round 10 of the FIM Superbike World Championship with a double points haul in Race 2 at Portimao.


Race 1

Hard Luck Hits Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team in Portimão Race 1

 Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal, September 15, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team fought hard but ultimately reaped little reward in Race 1 at Portimão, as an ill Jake Gagne battled to a brave thirteenth place while his teammate Leon Camier retired due to a technical issue.

For Race 1, both Camier and Gagne lined up on Row 5 of the grid in thirteenth and fifteenth place respectively but a good start saw both riders improve their positions in the opening laps. With the race approaching the halfway mark, Camier was circulating in tenth place with his teammate Gagne just behind him in P11.

However, misfortune struck as first Camier’s motorcycle experienced a technical issue which ultimately saw the British rider return to the box on lap 10. Meanwhile, Gagne suffered from stomach problems while on the grid and although he fought his way into a top ten position, the physical discomfort meant the American rookie fell down the order, eventually finishing in thirteenth position.

Today’s results sees Gagne move up to 44 championship points and he stays in seventeenth place in the overall standings, while Camier remains on 88 championship points in thirteenth overall.

The team now look to Race 2 tomorrow which gets underway at 1515 local time (GMT +1) but before then they’ll be on track for the morning Warm Up session at 1010.

 Jake Gagne

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

I had a really good start and was able to make up a lot of places, but the collision between Eugene and Xavi at turn 3 meant I had to stand the bike up which lost me quite a few places. After that I was able to get back into a good rhythm and felt I could have a decent result. Unfortunately halfway through the race I suffered a problem with my bike - I tried to push on for a couple of laps, but there was no way I could continue so I had to return to the box. The team are looking into it now and we'll regroup and try again tomorrow in race 2.

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

I felt I've had a good weekend so far, qualifying wasn't the best but I knew my race pace was good. Unfortunately I had some stomach discomfort heading into the race which got worse and worse. Although I could run at a strong pace for the first few laps, as the race went on I was struggling a lot. I'll rest up and aim to be recovered for race 2 tomorrow where I'm sure I can grab a better result.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

We worked hard overnight and made some progress with our setting, but unfortunately we've experienced some bad luck on both sides of the garage. Qualifying wasn't the best for us, but in Race 1 Leon had a fantastic start and got into a good rhythm but halfway through the race he felt something wasn't right with the bike and he had to retire. We're now investigating what the problem could be. For Jake he also had some really bad luck, just before the start of the race he felt some stomach pain but was able to start and was having an excellent race getting into the top ten. However, as the race went on his physical condition got worse and although he finished the race in the points he was on for a much better result. We'll be hoping for better luck and a better result in race 2 tomorrow.


Race 2

Gagne and Camier Fight to Double Points Finish in Portimão Race 2

 Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal, September 16, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team completed round 10 of the FIM Superbike World Championship with a double points haul in Race 2 at Portimão.

Camier and Gagne started Race 2 from fourteenth and fifteenth place on the grid respectively and after a slow start, increased their pace in the second half of the twenty lap contest to make up positions around the technical Portuguese track.

Gagne managed to maintain an excellent rhythm in the latter stages and finished in twelfth place, the rookie’s performance saw him finish just a couple of seconds behind a top ten placing.

Meanwhile Camier found himself as low as seventeenth place but methodically made his way past the slower riders ahead of him to claim fourteenth place and ensure a point-scoring result in his 200th race in the FIM World Superbike Championship.

With ten rounds of the championship completed Camier sits in thirteenth place in the standings on 90 points, while Gagne is seventeenth overall with 48 points with 3 rounds remaining this season.

The next round of the FIM Superbike World Championship takes place at France’s Magny-Cours circuit from the 28th to the 30th of September.

 Leon Camier

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

We tried another setting for Race 2 today to try and improve my feeling on the bike but unfortunately it didn't work so it was a tough race. There's more work we can do to get the best out of our package, as I still think the bike is capable of a lot more than what we got out of it here in Portimão. I'm looking forward to working with the team to turning things around in Magny-Cours.

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

We had a really positive weekend here in Portugal, having all that testing made the start of the race weekend easier and that helped me in the races. Today I had a good Warm Up and the changes we made to the Fireblade made it work better in the race. I finished 12th so it was good to get more points and learn from the guys I was racing with. Overall I'm happy with the progress I made this weekend and as I raced at Magny-Cours last year, for the next round I'm sure we can aim for more good results.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

The positives to take away from this weekend is the performance of Jake who had his most consistent race weekend away from his home round and he stepped up again in Race 2. On Leon's side though, it was a disappointing weekend as we weren't able to give him a bike he could perform on and this showed in the result today. We need to analyse the data, work out what happened and ensure we can provide a better performing package for our riders at Magny-Cours in two weeks time.

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 10: Autodromo Internacional do Algarve – Portugal

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
3 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
4 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
5 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
6 Loris Baz (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team)
13 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Leon Camier (Red Bull 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 Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
12 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
14 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
17 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
2 Kyle SMITH (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
3 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
4 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
5 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
6 HannesSOOMER (Racedays)
13 Jaimie VAN SIKKELERUS (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT Alex MURLEY (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT Peter SEBESTYEN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)

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