Camier and Gagne on the pace in Thailand practice

On the opening day of the Thai WorldSBK round at Chang International Circuit, Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne got off to a solid start in what has a hotly contested day of action.

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

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Thai Round

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

WorldSBK 2018, Round 2

Dry / 30

Friday 23 Mar 2018, 11:30 UTC
  • 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
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