Camier and Gagne eager to return to action in Thailand

After a four week hiatus, Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne are eager to get back on track at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit, as the pair looking to build on their solid start to the season.

In stark contrast to the fast and flowing Phillip Island Circuit in Australia which hosted the WorldSBK season opener, the venue for round 2, Chang International Circuit, is a relatively flat circuit with a tight infield section mixed with hard braking and acceleration zones. The high ambient and track temperatures and sweltering humidity also makes the Thailand WorldSBK round a stern test for both man and machine.

Rising to the challenge this weekend, both Camier and Gagne are primed for another strong result after scoring points in both races in the season opener riding the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. Although Camier has plenty of experience at the Thai circuit since its inception on the WorldSBK calendar back in 2015, this weekend will be Gagne’s first visit to the Asian venue.

The first WorldSBK session of the weekend, Free Practice 1, gets underway on Friday at 09:45 local time (GMT +7) with the two races scheduled to start at 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I had a good first round at Phillip Island with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team and I’m looking to continue that in Thailand this weekend. It’s a completely different kind of track compared to Phillip Island and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Fireblade and I get on this weekend. The team and I will continue to work on things to make the bike more competitive and I can’t wait to get going again.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

Thailand will be another new track for me to learn but it’s been a long wait between races and I can’t wait to get back on track with the team and continue our progress. The track layout and weather will be a lot different to what we had in Australia but it’s all great experience for me to get more familiar with the Fireblade and the team. I’ll be going out there looking to improve and score more points this time around.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It has been a long break since Phillip Island but we’ve been keeping very busy preparing for this race and the rest of the season. The riders have shown us at Phillip Island that the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 has great potential and at Buriram we hope to unlock more of that potential this weekend. Both riders and the whole team are highly motivated heading into the Thailand round, so we hope to have another strong result and continue to build our momentum.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Thai Round

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

WorldSBK 2018, Round 2

Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 – Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 50 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 33 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 31 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 29 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 21 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 19 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
7 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
8 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
9 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 12 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 10 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 9 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 9 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
13 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 8 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
14 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 7 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
15 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
16 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
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