Gagne caps successful WorldSBK homecoming with ninth place in Laguna Seca Race 2

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Jake Gagne scored a career-best ninth place in Race 2 at Laguna Seca while Leon Camier fought back from an early crash to recover to P13 and secure valuable championship points.

After claiming his first ever WorldSBK top-ten finish in Race 1 yesterday, Gagne lined up in P15 for today’s race and in carbon-copy style to yesterday, showed great pace in the early laps on his CBR1000RR SP2.

Gagne worked his way up into the top ten by lap five and maintained a strong pace throughout the second half of the race, bringing his Fireblade over the finish line with an emphatic wheelie in ninth place.

For Camier, it was another frustrating race with the Briton crashing at turn 2 on the third lap, however he recovered brilliantly to catch up to the pack and made several passes to ultimately finish in the points in P13.

With five rounds remaining in the 2018 WorldSBK season, Camier is twelfth place on the championship table with 75 points while Gagne is in seventeenth place with 37 points.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will next be in action at the Pirelli Riviera di Rimini round at Misano Circuit from July 6-8.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

Not an ideal end to the race weekend, but it was good that after my crash I could get back on my bike and had a good pace and could grab some points in thirteenth place. After yesterday’s race, we made some changes to the position of my gearshift lever, but unfortunately I missed a shift in the race, ran wide and came off the bike in turn 2 which prevented me getting a better result. Although it wasn’t the race we wanted today, on the plus side we found a good direction with the chassis and I felt better on the bike. We’ll keep pushing for improvements in Misano.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

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A couple of top ten results at my home track made this the best weekend of the season so far. It was really great racing in front of my fans, friends and family and today I felt really strong on my Fireblade. I didn’t get off to the best start, but after a few laps I was able to make some passes and make my way into the top ten, and then for the second half it was a long, lonely race. I had a couple of moments in the second half of the race but I managed the gap to the riders behind me and brought it home in ninth place.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

Jake built on what he achieved yesterday to score his best ever result today in Race 2 and with two strong races this weekend we’re really proud of what he has done as a rookie at his home round. He showed what he’s capable of here at Laguna Seca and we hope to see more of this at the remaining rounds. On the other side of the garage it was another tough race for Leon as although we could find a better chassis setup for him at this track, he had a small crash at turn 2 early in the race. However, he showed true fighting spirit to come back to thirteenth place. Now it’s time for Misano in a couple of weeks time where we will want to improve again and get good results before the summer break.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

US Round

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

WorldSBK 2018, Round 8

Dry / 20

Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 21:40 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 35’09.683
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Racing Ducati +5.099
3 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 16 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +6.711
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +8.011
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +9.746
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 10 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +14.791
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +16.711
8 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 8 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +17.284
9 Jake Gagne 45 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +35.421
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +39.802
11 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 5 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +42.946
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +43.437
13 Leon Camier 2 GBR 3 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +44.563
14 Karel Hanika 98 CZE 2 Guandalini Racing Kawasaki +47.257
15 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 1 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +53.415
16 Josh Herrin 57 USA 0 Attack 2Wheel Legal Yamaha Yamaha +58.107
NC PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Marco Melandri 33 ITA 0 Racing Ducati DNF
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