Camier fights to seventh place in Race 1 at Phillip Island

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team scored a double points finish in Race 1 at Phillip Island, as Leon Camier fought his way into seventh place and Jake Gagne came home in twelfth at the opening race of the 2018 WorldSBK season.

Starting on the grid in tenth and twelfth place respectively, Camier and Gagne were both able to make decent starts as the lights went out and settled into a good rhythm in the opening laps.

As the race reached half distance, Camier upped the pace and after passing Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty on lap 15 for eighth place, continued to push hard and overtook Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark with a couple of laps remaining to move into P7, the position he held all the way to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Gagne also managed to increase his pace in the latter stages and found himself embroiled in a fierce four-way battle for tenth place and ultimately came home in P12 to score valuable points at the season opener.

Due to his finishing position of P7 in Race 1 Camier will line up in P4 on the row 2 of the grid for Race 2 while Gagne will start on row 4 in P12. Race 2 of the Australian round of WorldSBK starts at 1500 local time (GMT +11).

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I made a good start in the race as qualifying didn’t go to plan, but in the opening laps I got involved in a couple of battles that cost me some time. Once I broke away I was able to set a good pace and make up some positions, but
when my rear tyre went away in the last few laps I focused on keeping my position. Hopefully if I can get a good start from fourth on the grid tomorrow and we can find a setting to look after the rear tyre a bit better, we should have a good Race 2.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

For my first race here my first priority was to finish the race and score some points which I did so I’m happy with that. I felt comfortable on the bike and the work we did in practice to preserve the rear tyre worked as I could fight in the group for tenth place in the second half of the race. There was a couple of aggressive moves in the last few laps but I was able to keep up the pace, so for tomorrow my goal is to once again fight for the top ten.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

Today was a solid start for the team as both riders were able to score points in Race 1 which is what we were after and shows us we can push for a better result tomorrow. It was unfortunate that Leon’s crash meant he couldn’t qualify higher up the grid as I think his race pace means the top five is realistic. However, he is starting from P4 tomorrow which gives us the chance to score a good result tomorrow. Jake was also able to make a step during the race and move up from his grid position and get in the fight for tenth position, he learned a lot today in terms of tyre management so for Race 2 we are also confident another good result is on the cards.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2018, Round 1

Dry / 20

Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 04:44 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 25 Racing Ducati 33’40.354
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.180
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 16 Racing Ducati +9.265
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 13 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +9.821
5 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +13.896
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +17.028
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR 9 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +21.514
8 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +23.662
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +27.430
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +27.446
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +27.748
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +28.466
13 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +30.000
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA 2 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +53.619
15 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’00
16 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1’00
17 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
18 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +
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