Gagne grabs first WorldSBK top ten in Race 1 at Laguna Seca

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rookie Jake Gagne stormed to his best ever finish in the WorldSBK championship, the American rider taking full advantage of his home circuit knowledge to claim tenth place in Race 1 at Laguna Seca.

Lining up on the grid for Race 1 in P16, Gagne’s best ever race result was initiated by a strong surge in the opening stages of the race when he passed numerous riders on his Fireblade. Finding himself in tenth place by lap seven, Gagne came under pressure from other riders while nursing a slight issue on his bike, but managed to hold them off to secure a fine tenth place finish.

On the number 2 CBR1000RR, fortunes were less kind to Camier who started from P7 on the grid for Race 1. Camier started steadily but improved his pace as the race went on and while running in P9 and catching the rider ahead of him, his gearshift lever broke resulting in an early retirement for the British rider.

The tenth place for Gagne means his point tally grows to 30 championship points and he remains in 17th overall in the standings. Camier is twelfth overall with 72 championship points.

Race 2 will take place at 1400 local time (GMT -7) tomorrow with the next session of the weekend, the Sunday Warm Up session starting at 1030 local time.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

Today it was a difficult race, my pace in the early stages wasn’t what I was expecting but as the race progressed I managed to get quicker and had a better rhythm. As soon as I felt good on the bike and started to gain on the riders in front of me, I had a problem with my gearshift lever which meant I couldn’t continue. Me and my team will look to see where can can adjust the bike ahead of tomorrow’s race so that I can be stronger in the first part of the race, if we can make that happen I’m sure Race 2 will be better.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was a pretty positive day, my first top ten in WorldSBK so I’m happy about that. My first couple of laps were good, it seems the warmer track temperature actually helped me compared to the other guys, so I could make quite a few good passes. Starting so far back on the grid meant I had a lot of work to do, but I could work my way up to tenth place and bring the bike home in that position after I had a little technical issue on the bike. We’ll try a couple of things in Warm Up tomorrow as I think we can improve things even further and I’m confident we can do another good job tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It was great to see Jake score his first top ten result this season, especially in front of his home fans, but on the other side Leon had to retire due to a technical issue so it was a bittersweet day for the team. Jake was really strong at the start of the race, overtaking a lot of riders and keeping a good pace throughout the race so we hope to build on this for tomorrow. For Leon, there’s some changes we need to make to unlock more potential on his CBR1000RR at the start of the race, so we’ll work hard to deliver this for Race 2 and aim to have both our riders finish in the top ten.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

US Round

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

WorldSBK 2018, Round 8

Dry / 28

Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 21:39 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C

#RiderNumNationality Nat.Points Pts.TeamConstructor Constr.Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 35’15.071
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Racing Ducati +2.978
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +12.212
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +14.309
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 11 Racing Ducati +16.712
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 10 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +18.929
7 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +25.638
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 8 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +26.211
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 7 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +31.579
10 Jake Gagne 45 USA 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +38.084
11 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 5 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +44.971
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +45.412
13 Karel Hanika 98 CZE 3 Guandalini Racing Kawasaki +50.768
14 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 2 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1’06.063
15 Loris Baz 76 FRA 1 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1 lap
NCToprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NCJosh Herrin 57 USA 0 Attack 2Wheel Legal Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NCLeon Camier 2 GBR 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NCLeandro Mercado 36 ARG 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF
NCPJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
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