On a day where the top-ten quickest riders were separated by only half a second after three sessions, both Camier and Gagne showed competitive pace on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. From the outset in the morning Free Practice 1 session, Camier set a frantic pace and was near the top of the leaderboard in all the sessions and eventually finished in P6 overall with a best time of 1’33.435; a mere two-tenths of a second off the quickest time of the day.
On the #45 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, Jake Gagne continued to impress as the American rookie quickly got up to speed on his first visit to the Thai circuit. Gagne ended the day fourteenth quickest, his best lap time of 1’34.500 coming in Free Practice 2 and left him just 1.1 seconds off the pace.
The next WorldSBK session is Free Practice 4 which gets underway at 10:45 local time (GMT +7) tomorrow morning. Qualifying commences at 13:30 with Superpole 1, followed by Superpole 2 at 13:55 before Race 1 starts at 16:00.
Leon Camier 2
It was a good start from the first session today, the lap time came quite easily from the beginning so I felt competitive on the bike right away. My pace was good throughout all the sessions, but there’s still a few things we want to try tomorrow as I need to improve my race pace a little bit to take the fight to the top guys. We took another step today so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
Jake Gagne 45
It was a good first day for me in Thailand on a track I’ve never ridden before. The circuit is easier to learn than some others, so I felt I got up to speed quickly. I made some good progress from the first to the second session and improved my lap time, but in the last session we made some changes which didn’t work for me so I couldn’t improve in FP3. I still learned a lot today and think I can get closer to the top ten tomorrow in qualifying and the race.
For our first day here in Thailand I’m quite happy how things went for Leon and Jake. On Leon’s side he was quick straight away and was able to improve in every session and we were able to try quite a few things on the chassis side today to find a good setting for qualifying and the race. For Jake, for his first time at the circuit he made a good step from the first to the second session, but was unable to improve in FP3 but overall he had a good first day and for sure will improve again tomorrow. The conditions will be a bit warmer tomorrow but we’re well prepared to fight for a good result.
Chang International Circuit, Thailand
WorldSBK 2018, Round 2
- Air Temp: 30°C
- Humidity: 53%
- Ground Temp: 38°C
|#||Rider||Num||Nationality Nat.||Team||Constructor Constr.||Time/Gap|
|1||Jonathan Rea||65||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki||1’33.327|
|2||Tom Sykes||66||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki||+0.057|
|3||Jordi Torres||81||SPA||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW||+0.070|
|4||Marco Melandri||33||ITA||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+0.097|
|5||Chaz Davies||7||GBR||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+0.108|
|6||Leon Camier||2||GBR||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+0.204|
|7||Michael van der Mark||60||NDL||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||+0.242|
|8||Xavi Fores||12||SPA||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati||+0.244|
|9||Eugene Laverty||50||GBR||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+0.524|
|10||Alex Lowes||22||GBR||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||+0.528|
|11||Lorenzo Savadori||32||ITA||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+0.659|
|12||Loris Baz||76||FRA||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW||+0.684|
|13||Leandro Mercado||36||ARG||IodaRacing Team||Aprilia||+1.093|
|14||Jake Gagne||45||USA||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+1.173|
|15||Román Ramos||40||SPA||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki||+1.218|
|16||Yonny Hernandez||68||COL||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki||+1.341|
|17||PJ Jacobsen||99||USA||Triple M Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+1.414|
|18||Toprak Razgatlioglu||54||TUR||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+1.504|
|19||Ondrej Jezek||37||CZE||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+3.321|