Round 11 France

  • Camier and Gagne in the Points at Magny-Cours

    The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team came away from Race 1 at Magny-Cours with a double points finish after Leon Camier claimed eleventh place, with Jake Gagne close behind in thirteenth position.


Race 1

Camier and Gagne in the Points at Magny-Cours

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France, September 29, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team came away from Race 1 at Magny-Cours with a double points finish after Leon Camier claimed eleventh place, with Jake Gagne close behind in thirteenth position.

Earlier in the day, both riders showed improved pace from yesterday with Camier topping Superpole 1, with Gagne only a few tenths behind in P4. Camier would ultimately qualify in eleventh place for Race 1 with a best time of 1’37.398 in Superpole 2.

Starting from eleventh and fourteenth on the grid respectively for Race 1, Camier and Gagne managed to make up places in the opening lap, both riders finding themselves in the fight for the top ten in the early stages.

Unfortunately for Camier, he had a moment after Rinaldi crashed on the third lap, losing a couple of seconds which cost him several positions. Despite improving his pace after this setback, eleventh place was the the British rider could manage on the day.

Gagne was able to lap at a similar to his teammate for long periods in the race, before a lack of grip caused him to slow in the final few laps, with the American crossing the finish line in thirteenth place.

After today’s race, Camier moves to 95 championship points and is thirteenth in the championship standings, while Gagne is in seventeeth place in the riders championship on 51 points.

The riders will be looking to challenge for a top ten place in Race 2 tomorrow which starts at 1515 local time (GMT +2).

Leon Camier

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

I got a good start in Race 1 today, but on the third lap Rinaldi crashed in front of me which cost me a few positions. As I passed him, the rear of the bike had a massive moment so I thought there was oil on the track, raised my hand to warn the other riders and they all went past. It set me back a bit, so after that I concentrated on closing the gap. I could set a good pace in the middle stages of the race, but eleventh was the best I could do given the earlier setback. Our bike setting today was better than yesterday, so we'll keep in this direction and go for it again tomorrow.

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

We got the bike working a lot better today in FP4, and on race tires in Superpole I managed to set a real good pace which helped for the race today. My start in the race was one of my better ones and I could make up a few places, but as we got to the middle of the race and the tire grip went away, I struggled a bit. In the final few laps the lack of grip meant I made a few mistakes and I lost a place to Torres, but we know where we need to improve. I need to be smoother, hit all my points and if I do this I'm sure we can be stronger in Race 2.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

We managed to give both Leon and Jake a more comfortable setting for today, with both of them being more competitive than we were yesterday. During the race Leon had an early setback when Rinaldi crashed, which in the end would have seen him fighting around eighth place but eleventh was the best we could do today. Also for Jake, in the early part of the race he was in the top ten and was competitive, we just need to find a way for him to manage the second half of the race better. We'll continue to work on things and aim to get both riders a bit further up the results sheet tomorrow.


Race 2

Resurgent Camier Claims Ninth Place in Race 2 at Magny-Cours

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France, September 30, 2018

A determined ride from Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Leon Camier saw the Briton claim ninth place in Race 2 at Magny-Cours, while Jake Gagne finished just outside the point-paying positions in P16.

Starting Race 2 from thirteenth on the grid, Camier bolted out of the blocks and made up two positions to move into eleventh place on the opening lap. From there, Camier’s strong pace saw him work his way through the field to ninth place by the halfway point of the race, a position he held until the checkered flag was waved.

After a good race yesterday, today proved to be more challenging for Gagne, who made up positions early in the race but struggled for grip to finish the race in sixteenth place.

With just two rounds of the 2018 season remaining, Camier moves up one place in the championship standings to thirteenth overall on 102 points, while Gagne remains in seventeenth position with 51 points.

Argentina’s new Circuito San Juan Villicum will host the next round of FIM Superbike World Championship, the action taking place from the 12th to the 14th of October.

Jake Gagne

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

I felt a lot happier in today's race, the changes we made to the bike helped the bike turn so I could really attack and make my way through the field. It was definitely a positive step we made with the Fireblade, my pace for the second half of the race was good for a top-six place, and that's where we should have been had our starting position been a bit better. Our performance in Race 2 was a good way to finish the weekend and we'll try carry the momentum into the next round at Argentina.

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

It was a struggle today for me, the changes we made in Warm Up actually worked quite well and I had better pace, but in the race it was really hard. Already after a couple of laps I struggled a lot with the front tire which basically meant I had to manage my pace and couldn't push at all, so in the end it was a lonely race back in sixteenth. It's a shame as I was a lot more confident going into this race than yesterday, but we'll take a look at what happened and get ready for Argentina in a couple of weeks time.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

Today was a better day for us given Leon's performance. Although on paper ninth place isn't where we want to be, his pace was good enough to have him in the top six which is a step in the right direction. We were able to make a change which made his CBR1000RR better on corner entry without sacrificing his corner exit, so credit to him and his team for their hard work all weekend. On Jake's side of the garage a step was also made in the Warm Up session this morning, but unfortunately in the race Jake struggled a lot with his front tire which compromised his race.

The results still aren't where we want them to be, but in terms of bike performance we moved in the right direction this weekend and we'll be looking for more of the same in Argentina.

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 11: Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
3 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
4 Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
5 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
6 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
11 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)

Superbike Race 2

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

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
2 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
3 Lucas MAHIAS (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
4 Thomas GRADINGER (NRT)
5 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
6 Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha)
8 Kyle SMITH (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
11 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
14 Peter SEBESTYEN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
26 Alex MURLEY (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT Jaimie VAN SIKKELERUS (GEMAR Team Lorini)

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