Moriwaki Althea Honda Team rider Leon Camier wrapped up day one of the opening round of the 2019 WSBK season in sixth position overall, closing just 0.465” from the front in the combined standings.

During the morning session, the Brit set the seventh fastest time, with team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari closing in sixteenth position. The Japanese rider slightly improved on his performance at the beginning of the afternoon’s session but a crash at turn 8 put paid to the rest of the practice and he ultimately ended in 17th place overall.

The riders will be back on track tomorrow morning at 10.00 am local time for FP3 which will be followed by Superpole at 12.15 pm and Race 1 at 3.00pm.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

We are satisfied with how things have gone so far. We’ve worked on a few little details, mainly to do with the electronics and chassis, and have been able to improve consistently throughout the day. There is still a lot we can improve on of course, we need to see how we’re fixed in terms of race distance for instance. We’ve covered race distance on the tyre and towards the end it was feeling difficult, but we’ve been working on this, also modifying the electronics and chassis setup, and I think this will make a difference. We’re not there yet of course, but so far the changes we’ve made are taking us in a good direction.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

We started the day improving the feeling with the bike step by step. We were a bit further back at the end of FP1 but the direction was nevertheless promising. At the beginning of the second session, I was able to improve on my lap time in the early stages but unfortunately, I later lost the front at turn eight and crashed. I’m sorry for the team and for not having chance to set a better lap time, but I look forward to tomorrow when I hope to improve.

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Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2019, Round 1

Sunny / 19
Friday 22 Feb 2019, 10:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Racing – Ducati Ducati 1'30.327
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'30.341
3 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'30.482
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'30.664
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 1'30.783
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'30.792
7 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1'30.850
8 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'30.862
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha 1'31.049
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'31.125
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'31.146
12 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1'31.238
13 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha 1'31.259
14 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing – Ducati Ducati 1'31.334
15 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati 1'31.403
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'31.545
17 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'31.790
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1'32.669
19 Troy Herfoss 17 AUS Penrite Honda Racing Honda 1'34.324