Camier and Gagne raring to race in Portugal

After a lengthy summer break, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will join their WorldSBK rivals on track this weekend at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal for round 10 of the FIM World Superbike Championship.

The team return to the undulating 4.6 kilometre circuit in Portimão after completing four days of testing at the venue last month, with riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne looking to gain from the lessons learned on their CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines. The circuit is one of the most demanding on the WorldSBK calendar, with large elevation changes combining with a mixture of tight and long radius corners.

Camier continues his recovery from an injury sustained during a crash while testing for the Suzuka 8 Hour, but should be close to full fitness for the upcoming round. Although he has done hundreds of laps of the Portimão circuit in testing, this weekend will be Gagne’s first competitive outing at the Portuguese track.

Round ten of the WorldSBK championship will kick off with Free Practice 1 at 0945 local time (GMT +1) on Friday. Race 1 will start at 1300 local time on Saturday, while Race 2 on Sunday has a late start at 1515.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

After a long break from racing I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike this weekend at Portimão and my body should be in better shape than it was during the test. When we tested at this circuit last month we found a good direction with our development and now we need to follow through with this progress during the race weekend. The developments we’ve introduced should help us this weekend and I think the track should suit the Fireblade, so I hope we can convert this into a good result.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

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I’m excited to get back to racing after the long summer break. We had some good days of testing at Portimão and we were able to learn a lot and make some nice progress. I really enjoy the circuit there and it should be a bit of an easier start on Friday morning having had a lot of laps and data from testing. I think we can take another good step forward. I can’t wait to get back with the crew and get to work!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

We had a great couple of tests in Portimão last month so we are well prepared heading into this weekend. A lot of work was put in over the summer break to improve the CBR1000RR and as we demonstrated a good race pace during the tests, we should be more competitive at this circuit than we have been before. Both Leon and Jake are really motivated to continue our momentum, so everyone in the team is excited to get racing again at this stunning circuit.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2018, Round 10

Rider Standings
Sunday, 8 Jul 2018 – Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 370 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 278 Racing Ducati
3 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 248 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
4 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 218 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 193 Racing Ducati
6 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 193 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 164 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 113 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
9 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 100 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
10 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 92 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 88 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 86 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
13 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 80 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
14 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 59 Racing Ducati
15 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 53 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
16 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 53 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
17 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 41 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ 111 COL 23 Honda Endurance Racing Honda
19 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 21 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
20 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 14 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
21 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
22 Niccolò CANEPA 94 ITA 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
23 Karel HANIKA 98 CZE 5 Guandalini Racing Kawasaki
24 Bradley RAY 28 GBR 3 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
25 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
26 Luke MOSSEY GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 1 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
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