After a challenging round last time out at Portimão, Leon Camier and Jake Gagne are aiming for more consistent performance on their CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines in France.
Camier is a fan of the French circuit and after some notable performances there in recent years, the Briton is confident of a resurgence this weekend. Gagne is also in high spirits as the American has shown strong race pace and has prior track experience of Magny-Cours after being drafted into the team for the French round last season
Magny-Cours is defined by a mix of slow hairpin corners and quicker chicanes and sweeping corners. Overtaking opportunities aren’t as widespread as at some other circuits, although the Adelaide hairpin after the very fast first sector is one prime overtaking spot.
The eleventh round of the WorldSBK championship commences with Free Practice 1 at 0945 local time (GMT +2) on Friday. Race 1 will start at 1300 local time on Saturday, while Race 2 on Sunday kicks off at 1515.
Leon Camier 2
I’m looking forward to Magny-Cours, the last European round for this season. The team and I have looked over everything from the last round and we’ve come up with some good ideas to get some speed back, we’re all pushing to find the form we had earlier in the season. I like the Magny-Cours circuit, I’ve gone well there in the past so the aim is to come back stronger this weekend.
Jake Gagne 45
After a good weekend in Portugal I’m excited to get rolling to France. It’ll be an easier start for us having the time and data from last years wild card to build off and we’ve started making some good progress after the summer break so I hope to keep it going. The crew has been working really hard so I think we can make another step forward. Magny-Cours is a unique and tricky track so I am looking forward to getting back!
We’ll be looking to regroup at Magny-Cours after what was a tough round at Portimão. We’ve done our homework since the last round, analysing the data and talking to the riders to give ourselves a proper base setting for this weekend. The weather forecast for now is quite stable, but traditionally the weather can be quite variable at Magny-Cours which adds to the challenge at this technical track. Leon, Jake and the whole team know there is more performance with the CBR1000RR than we’ve been able to show recently, so we’re all motivated to get out there this weekend and show what we can do.
Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France
WorldSBK 2018, Round 11
|#||Rider||Num||Nationality Nat.||Points Pts.||Team||Constructor Constr.|
|1||Jonathan REA||65||GBR||420||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|2||Chaz DAVIES||7||GBR||304||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati|
|3||Michael VAN DER MARK||60||NDL||284||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha|
|4||Tom SYKES||66||GBR||240||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|5||Marco MELANDRI||33||ITA||229||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati|
|6||Alex LOWES||22||GBR||204||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha|
|7||Xavi FORES||12||SPA||170||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati|
|8||Eugene LAVERTY||50||GBR||122||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia|
|9||Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU||54||TUR||108||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|10||Loris BAZ||76||FRA||103||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW|
|11||Lorenzo SAVADORI||32||ITA||102||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia|
|12||Jordi TORRES||81||SPA||92||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta|
|13||Leon CAMIER||2||GBR||90||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|14||Michael RINALDI||21||ITA||74||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati|
|15||Leandro MERCADO||36||ARG||59||IodaRacing Team||Aprilia|
|16||Román RAMOS||40||SPA||55||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki|
|17||Jake GAGNE||45||USA||48||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|18||Yonny HERNANDEZ||68||COL||27||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki|
|19||PJ JACOBSEN||99||USA||21||Triple M Honda World Superbike Team||Honda|
|20||Leon HASLAM||91||GBR||14||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki|
|21||Davide GIUGLIANO||34||ITA||11||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia|
|22||Niccolò CANEPA||94||ITA||7||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha|
|23||Karel HANIKA||98||CZE||5||Guandalini Racing||Kawasaki|
|24||Bradley RAY||28||GBR||3||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki|
|25||Ondrej JEZEK||37||CZE||3||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|26||Luke MOSSEY||GBR||2||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki|
|27||Alessandro ANDREOZZI||121||ITA||1||Guandalini Racing||Yamaha|