Round 12 Argentina

  • Gagne Returns to The Top Ten in Argentina

    Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Jake Gagne fought his way into the top ten with a spirited Race 2 at the Circuito San Juan Villicum as teammate Leon Camier was forced to retire.


Race 1

Camier Battles to Tenth in Argentina Race 1

CIRCUITO SAN JUAN VILLICUM, Argentina, October 13, 2018

Leon Camier walks away with a tenth place finish as Jake Gagne crashes out while fighting for the top ten.

Saturday in Argentina started well with Jake Gagne ending Free Practice 4 in seventh place, ahead of many of the riders he was set to face in Superpole 1. Times were tight in the following session, Gagne unfortunately forced to settle for fourth and a fourteenth place grid position. Red Bull Honda WorldSBK teammate Leon Camier found time in Superpole 2 with fresh tires, a 1’40.189 earning him tenth on the grid for Race 1.

From their respective starting positions of tenth and fourteenth, Camier and Gagne both held their ground in the opening corners. The pair settled into their rhythm quickly with the top ten in their sights. Camier had been leading the charge to close the gap to the group ahead, but a moment on lap five dropped him to fourteenth. Unfortunately, the bad luck continued as just a lap later Jake Gagne fell at Turn 5, ending his chances of scoring points.

After the early race incident, Camier rallied and set a series of personal best laps to move back through the field. He soon caught Loris Baz and the two began a heated battle for tenth place, Camier opened up a half second lead with eight laps remaining as he tried to escape. The two battled right until the close of the race, Camier crossing the line in tenth and only 0.047s behind Baz after a late move from the French rider.

With his six points from tenth place, Camier holds 108 championship points and is twelfth in the championship standings, while Gagne remains seventeenth in the riders championship on 51 points.

Race 2 tomorrow will start at 1600 local time (GMT -3), both riders ready to improve their fortunes and show their strong race pace.

Leon Camier

Comments

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

“It was a pretty tough race. I was having a bit of a battle with van der Mark and he passed me and just stayed beside me so I couldn’t turn in to hit the apex and had nowhere to go as I was on the dirty part of the track. I lost a lot of time there but then came back and got into the rhythm, we did our best laps right at the end of the race. That’s a bit strange so we need to keep working to understand why it’s happening. The bike was feeling about the same as the guys around me, some places I was stronger and some places weaker. I made a couple of little mistakes on the last few laps trying to keep Baz at bay and then he got close enough to put a pass on me. Fair play to him, he made it stick and it was a good move. Still work to do.”

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

“It was about an easy a get off as I could have had, I just slid off so luckily I’m all OK. The race was going OK before that, I didn’t get the best start but I was dicing with a couple of guys before making a couple of little passes stick. I got into my rhythm and then got caught off guard at Turn 5 and maybe opened the gas a little too hard, the rear came around and it just kept going. A weird little clash, but that’s how it goes and we’ll learn from it and see if we can make some improvements for tomorrow. Our goal is the top ten for tomorrow. I felt good today, I was smooth and the bike was working well. There’s a couple of little things we’ll try to improve for tomorrow but overall we were happy with how things were going. That’s racing.”

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

“We didn’t fully deliver on both sides of the garage. It was especially hard for Jake, he was for sure having his best weekend so we had high expectations for him. He pushed a bit too hard on the corner exit and lost the rear, so he was on the limit but I think he can take a lot of positives from it as his race pace was very strong. He will regroup for tomorrow, he needs to stay focused and do the same again as his weekend was really good. For Leon, we had higher expectations before he ran off the track and lost a lot of time and places. From what we saw in FP3 we were hoping for around seventh place so that will be the goal for tomorrow. We learn from today and start again tomorrow.”


Race 2

Gagne Returns to The Top Ten in Argentina

CIRCUITO SAN JUAN VILLICUM, Argentina, October 14, 2018

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Jake Gagne fought his way into the top ten with a spirited Race 2 at the Circuito San Juan Villicum as teammate Leon Camier was forced to retire.

Lining up in twelfth for Race 2, Leon Camier fought to hold his position into the tight first corner as the lights went out in Argentina. Behind, Jake Gagne moved up to twelfth from fourteenth on the grid as he looked to make amends for Saturday’s crash. The fighting was fierce and Camier found himself again forced to run off track, dropping to eighteenth on lap two while Gagne continued to chase the top ten.

Unfortunately, a technical issue saw Leon Camier retire on lap eight. Gagne had meanwhile become embroiled in a battle with Michael van der Mark, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider holding his own for several laps against the Dutchman before Gagne developed a vibration issue. Gagne’s pace saw him hold tenth place comfortably in the final third of the race, earning his third top ten finish of 2018.

As the final round of the 2018 season looms, Camier remains on 108 championship points as Gagne moves up to 57 points and seventeenth in the championship.

The Losail International Circuit will host the final round of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship, with its traditional Friday and Saturday night races meaning the weekend runs from the October 25 to 27.

Jake Gagne

Comments

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

“We had a good race for sure. We made some nice changes in Warm Up this morning, but it was hard to be sure of them due to the track being weird after the rain. It improved a couple of areas that we wanted to from yesterday. I had a decent start but maybe got shuffled around a little too much, that’s what you get for qualifying back there. Then we got into a good rhythm, unfortunately half way through the race I had a lot of vibration which was a bummer and made it difficult to ride. That second half of the race I just rode around by myself once ninth got away from me. But I’m happy, top ten is the goal and the track was really cool to ride. Now we try and keep the momentum going for Qatar and get another top ten hopefully!”

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

“It’s difficult to say what’s going on at the minute, there was an issue and something didn’t feel right from the sighting lap. The team are looking into it to find out exactly what it was. I had two people crash into me on one lap because I had this issue and was going so slow. Then unfortunately I ended up taking Smrz out, there was nothing I could have done about it as I had a problem going into the corner and had no where to go. It was a disaster. For some reason we are struggling to understand what’s going on, we keep trying things with the electronics and the chassis to get it right but nothing is working. We’ll keep scratching our heads and working through it and hopefully turn around something for Qatar.”

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

“A challenging day for sure. Jake had a really good race, finishing in the top ten. This was the first time I saw a really confident Jake Gagne, we saw him passing then lose places and fight straight back. I think it is a great race for his confidence in the future. We saw on Friday that there was something a bit special here for him this weekend and he did well. We saw a racing Gagne this weekend. On the other side of the box it was really hard. Unfortunately we had a technical issue and we are investigating what it was that caused Leon to pull in. It wasn’t safe to proceed especially as he was also last. On Leon’s side we need to regroup, take what has happened this weekend and make a new game plan to start with a blank page in Qatar.”

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 12: Circuito San Juan Villicum, San Juan, Argentina

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
3 RazgatliogluToprak (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
4 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
5 Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia)
6 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
10 Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
11 Florian Marino (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing 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 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Florian Marino (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 Corentin PEROLARI (GMT94 Yamaha)
6 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
7 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
13 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
15 Peter SEBESTYEN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
18 Jaimie VAN SIKKELERUS (GEMAR Team Lorini)
19 Alex MURLEY (GEMAR Team Lorini)

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