Camier sixth in epic Race 2 battle at Phillip Island

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier took sixth place in Race 2 of the Australian WorldSBK round as the British rider completed an impressive competitive debut on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

For Race 2 Camier lined up on the second row in P4 and after a great opening lap, ran as high as second place in a lead group comprising eight riders for the first half of the race. Meanwhile Jake Gagne, starting from row four in P12 got up to speed and was in a fight for a top ten position before he had a small crash at turn 4. However, the American rider was able to re-join the race.

Following a mandatory pit stop for new tyres at the end of lap 11 – a ruling introduced for Race 2 due to some riders experiencing high tyre wear in Race 1 – Camier and Gagne resumed their push up the field and both riders were able to make up places in the second half of the race.

Camier was especially impressive as he made some bold passing moves to move into P5 towards the end of the 22-lap race, and fighting until the end he crossed the finish line in sixth place, just 2.745 seconds behind the race winner. Gagne recovered from his earlier spill to come home in P13 and wrap up a double-points finish on his first ever race weekend at Phillip Island.

With round 1 completed, Camier is sixth in the WorldSBK championship standings on 19 points, while Gagne is fifteenth overall with 7 points. The Red Bull World Superbike Team will next be in action at round 2 of the WorldSBK season at Chang International Circuit in Thailand from March 23-25.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I gave as much as I could in Race 2, we were really strong in some areas and in other areas not so much but overall I felt very competitive. I could stick with the leading group before and after the pit stop and made some really good passes from a long way back. I had some good battles with Lowes and Sykes and between the two races this weekend I’m really happy with my first race weekend with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team. Now I just want to keep making progress and see what we can do at the next round in Thailand.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was a bittersweet weekend for me; I made a lot of progress on the bike, but the crash today meant I couldn’t get the result me and the Fireblade were capable of. In warm up I was in the top ten and in Race 2 I felt even better, but I got caught up with some other riders and when trying to make a pass at turn four had the door closed on me and crashed. It was a real shame but at least I could recover to finish the race and score some points. Overall, I’ve improved my pace a lot over the weekend and got points in both races so its something to build on. I wish we were going to Thailand tomorrow!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It was a very exciting race today and Leon showed what the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 was capable of, running in second place in the early stages. Leon managed to stay in the lead pack for the whole race, but unfortunately for us the pit stop was almost too good as we got Leon away very quickly which meant he couldn’t exit pit lane as fast as the other riders. This cost him a bit of time on his out lap however his pace was good enough that he could catch the lead group again and a P6 finish just two seconds from the race winner was a very good way to end the weekend. Jake also found more pace than he had yesterday but he also had some bad luck with a small crash when trying to pass some slower riders. However he managed to recover and score points again and I know there’s more in the bag for Jake as we get to the next races. Looking over the whole weekend I am pleased with our season start and I’d like to say thanks to all the team, the guys back at the workshop, our partners, sponsors and Honda Europe for all their support so far and now we look ahead to Thailand where we’ll push even harder for some good results.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2018, Round 1

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Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 05:14 UTC
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  • Humidity: 56%
  • Ground Temp: 29°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 25 Racing Ducati 34’42.633
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.021
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 16 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.304
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.488
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.474
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.745
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +3.098
8 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 8 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +14.391
9 Loris Baz 76 FRA 7 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +14.361
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +19.785
11 Román Ramos 40 SPA 5 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +25.237
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 4 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +40.504
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA 3 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +58.923
14 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1’00.084
15 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 1 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2 laps
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