Starting from P13 on the grid for Race 1, Camier got a good start to make up a couple of positions and set a strong pace on his Fireblade. As the race went on, Camier settled into twelfth place while maintaining a good rhythm and despite being in considerable pain due to his injury, the Briton valiantly charged on and as the chequered flag was waved, crossed the finish line in tenth place.
Gagne also enjoyed some close racing in the pack and after starting the race from the seventh row on the grid, the American rookie was able to pick up positions throughout the race and at the finish line claimed sixteenth place just behind fellow Honda rider and compatriot PJ Jacobsen who took the final points-paying position.
The result sees Camier’s point tally for the season grow to 48 points and he remains in P11 in the championship, while Gagne sits eighteenth overall with seventeen points. The next WorldSBK session is tomorrow’s Warm Up session at 0945 local time (GMT +1) with Race 2 kicking off at 1300.
Leon Camier 2
What a day! That was a really tough race and in the last laps I managed to battle through the fatigue so to come away with a top ten finish is more than I could have hoped for today. The Fireblade was working really well and I could keep a great pace, particularly in the first two sectors but in the hard braking and left hand turns my injuries made it quite a struggle. The goal today was just to finish the race, but being able to keep pace with the Ducatis in front of me and finish in P10 was encouraging so I’m pretty pleased.
Jake Gagne 45
Today wasn’t an easy day but it was a good experience getting in so many dry laps in around this circuit. Superpole didn’t go as well as we had hoped so I started the race a fair way back and my start wasn’t the best which left me with a lot of work to do in the race. It took a few laps to find my rhythm and in some areas the bike was working well, but in other areas – particularly under braking – we were missing a bit so although I managed to pick up some positions during the race, I think with some changes to the bike and my riding style we can be stronger tomorrow.
I’m happy with how our day went today given our situation. Leon’s tenth place was special considering he’s riding with broken ribs, especially as so far this weekend he didn’t manage more than a handful of laps each stint, so for him to complete 23 laps with such a strong pace was a big boost not only for him but also our team. We’ll continue to see how he’s doing but for today we’re very happy with his performance. Jake has been building up steadily this weekend and again he took a step in the race today, he only just missed out on the points today but now he knows the track and we can make some changes overnight so he will try again for to fight for points tomorrow. Today marks the first race since Thailand where both of our riders have completed a race, so we hope this is a turning point for our season and we can start to build momentum again and get the results the team, riders and CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 are capable of.
Donington Park, United Kingdom
WorldSBK 2018, Round 6
- Air Temp: 18°C
- Humidity: 72%
- Ground Temp: 30°C
|#||Rider||Num||Nationality Nat.||Points Pts.||Team||Constructor Constr.||Time/Gap|
|1||Michael van der Mark||60||NDL||25||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||33’56.530|
|2||Jonathan Rea||65||GBR||20||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki||+1.136|
|3||Tom Sykes||66||GBR||16||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki||+2.193|
|4||Alex Lowes||22||GBR||13||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||+6.642|
|5||Lorenzo Savadori||32||ITA||11||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+7.331|
|6||Eugene Laverty||50||GBR||10||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+13.374|
|7||Loris Baz||76||FRA||9||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW||+15.992|
|8||Chaz Davies||7||GBR||8||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+18.532|
|9||Leon Haslam||91||GBR||7||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki||+20.478|
|10||Leon Camier||2||GBR||6||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+20.634|
|11||Jordi Torres||81||SPA||5||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta||+22.503|
|12||Michael Rinaldi||ITA||4||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+33.250|
|13||Leandro Mercado||36||ARG||3||IodaRacing Team||Aprilia||+33.771|
|14||Bradley Ray||28||GBR||2||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||+36.715|
|15||PJ Jacobsen||99||USA||1||Triple M Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+38.850|
|16||Jake Gagne||45||USA||0||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+42.536|
|17||Luke Mossey||GBR||0||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki||+42.682|
|18||Ondrej Jezek||37||CZE||0||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+47.849|
|19||Román Ramos||40||SPA||0||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki||+50.256|
|20||Niccolò Canepa||94||ITA||0||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||+52.188|
|21||Toprak Razgatlioglu||54||TUR||0||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+55.588|
|22||Marco Melandri||33||ITA||0||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+>1|
|23||Gino Rea||44||GBR||0||OMG Racing Suzuki||Suzuki||+>1|
|NC||Xavi Fores||12||SPA||0||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati||DNF|
|NC||Mason Law||55||GBR||0||WD40 Kawasaki||Kawasaki||DNF|