Gagne Equals Career Best Result with Ninth in Qatar

A charging Jake Gagne claimed ninth place in the penultimate race of the 2018 WorldSBK season, earning a second row start for Race 2.

After a difficult opening day, the Red Bull Honda WorldSBK Team bounced back on Friday at the Losail International Circuit. Both Leon Camier and Jake Gagne started the day well in Free Practice 4 and were confident of challenging for the top two positions in Superpole 1. With a 157.555, over a second faster than he had been before SP1, Camier cruised through to Superpole 2 as the fastest rider. He would eventually earn tenth place on the grid, Gagne starting from 14th for the opening race.

The lights went out and Gagne immediately began to charge forward, making up two places on the opening lap. Gagne set a steady string of laps to break away from the chasing group, led by his team-mate Camier. His steady pace paid off towards the end of the race as Gagne picked off the likes of Savadori and Razgatlioglu for ninth place, missing out on eighth by a mere 0.061s as he and Chaz Davies dragged to the line. Gagne will now line up in sixth place on the second row for Race 2.

Having lost places at the start, Camier was eager to recover and chase down Gagne but got caught in traffic. While trying to regain positions the Brit unfortunately slid off at Turn 12, ending his race prematurely but escaping injury.

After taking ninth place in the opening race, Gagne increases his points haul to 64, just a point off 16th place in the championship. Camier continues to hold 12th overall.

The final race of 2018 will begin at 1900 local time (GMT +3) tomorrow, Camier and Gagne both looking to sign off the season in style.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

We had a good race. The first half was pretty lonely but it started to come together for me as the tyre wear increased, I think we managed them a lot better than some of the guys around us. Qualifying wasn’t great, we had the speed to be up there but I made some mistakes and back there on row five makes for a rough start. I started flowing and being a little smoother and the Honda worked really well on the used tyres to end ninth. We can make the bike a little bit better in Warm Up. Row two will make a big difference, we’ve been on row five at pretty much every race and it makes the start tough. If we can get away with the faster guys it will make it a lot easier.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I’m alright after the crash. I went over a bump and the front just went. It was a really fast one but luckily I only slid. In Superpole we went something like 1.8 seconds faster on the race tyre than we had been all weekend. We made a big step, it was only for one lap but we are gaining more. Then in the race we made a step with corner entry and everything is making more sense. We have 15 minutes tomorrow morning to keep improving the bike, so we need to sit down and have a think about what to do.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

Really glad for Jake to confirm his speed in another race, his pace was really good. On the grid we told him ‘If you do your 58 lap times the race will come to you’. His ninth place matches his best from Laguna earlier this year so a big congratulations to him and importantly he starts on the second row tomorrow. He will be more than excited for the race tomorrow! Meanwhile, it was a tricky day for Leon. He got stuck in traffic and lost a lot of positions in the opening sector. From that point he tried to get feeling with the bike and push, but unfortunately lost the front in Turn 12 and ended his race. It’s not his weekend yet, but we rebuild and do it again tomorrow!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Qatar Round

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2018, Round 13

Dry / 19.9

Friday 26 Oct 2018, 16:39 UTC
  • Air Temp: 19.9°C
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Ground Temp: 30.2°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33’34.913
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.424
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +3.705
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +4.723
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 11 Racing Ducati +10.579
6 Loris Baz 76 FRA 10 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +13.173
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +14.557
8 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 8 Racing Ducati +17.216
9 Jake Gagne 45 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +17.277
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +18.179
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 5 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +24.924
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 4 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +30.183
13 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 3 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +34.931
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA 2 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +46.851
15 Gabriele Ruiu 16 ITA 1 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +58.890
NC Max Scheib 77 CHI 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
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