Camier and Gagne aiming for improvement at Portimão

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team endured a challenging start to the Portimão round of the WorldSBK championship as Leon Camier and Jake Gagne narrowly missed out on qualifying directly for Superpole 2.

In an extremely competitive day of action, only one second separated the top 12 riders around the 4.6 kilometre long Portimao circuit on combined times with Camier and Gagne finishing in twelfth and thirteenth place respectively.

Camier’s best time of 1’42.883 saw him miss out on a top ten position by just one tenth of a second, while Gagne’s best time of 1’42.921 also saw him narrowly miss out on a first Superpole 2 berth of the season. Both riders will now focus on finishing in the top two in tomorrow’s Superpole 1 session.

Despite neither rider finishing inside the top ten, there were positives to take away from the day as each rider showed promising pace in different parts of the circuit. Gagne was the second quickest rider through the final sector, while Camier exhibited strong pace in sectors one and two.

Drawing on the data from both riders today, the team are confident of unlocking more performance from the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 for qualifying and race 1 tomorrow.

The next session at Portimão is Free Practice 4 tomorrow at 0845 local time (GMT +1), with the Superpole sessions starting at 1030 before Race 1 commences at 1300.


Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

The first two sessions today were a bit of a struggle, but we finally found a better direction for the bike setting in the final session and I was able to improve. Unfortunately though, I couldn’t put together the perfect lap in FP3 so we have to go through Superpole 1. We just need to refine our settings overnight and continue the direction we found in FP3 and I need to find some time in the last two sectors. If we can do that I think we’ll be able to do much better in qualifying and the race tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was a pretty good start for me and definitely having done all those laps in testing meant that I had a good setting from the start. The times are really close so I hope that I can make a small jump tomorrow to help me get to my first Superpole 2 session. The Fireblade is really liking the two fast right hand corners in the final sector, I just now need to work now on the stop and go sections of the track. Overall though I feel in really good shape for the race tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It’s a mixed day for the team as on the one hand, Jake had perhaps his strongest Friday of the season so far but for Leon it was a bit of a challenge. However, we made more progress than the timesheet suggests, as both riders are just a few tenths off where we hoped to be and we know the areas we need to improve. Jake was second quickest in the final sector, which is where Leon struggled, while Leon was quick in the first two sectors where Jake wasn’t strong so we should be able to identify how to help both riders tomorrow. We know where we need to improve and will be aiming for a much better performance in qualifying and the race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2018, Round 10

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Friday 14 Sep 2018, 16:14 UTC
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#RiderNumNationality Nat.TeamConstructor Constr.Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1’41.817
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Racing Ducati +0.186
3 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.516
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +0.566
5 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.606
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.624
7 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.642
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.740
9 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.852
10 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Racing Ducati +0.961
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.970
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.066
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.104
14 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.152
15 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati +1.508
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.752
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.059
18 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.211
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.526
20 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.899
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