The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team made a steady start to the French WorldSBK round, as Leon Camier and Jake Gagne ended the opening day twelfth and fifteenth fastest respectively on combined times.

Incremental improvements were made by both riders in each practice session today, however their final practice times places them both in tomorrow’s Superpole 1 session for qualifying, where the top two riders graduate to Superpole 2.

Camier’s best time of 1’38.307 left him 1.105 seconds off the day’s benchmark time, while Gagne’s 1’39.008 saw him 1.806 seconds adrift. Both riders set their best times in the afternoon’s Free Practice 3 session.

Although lacking some pace over a single lap, both Camier and Gagne were able to show more competitive pace on used tyres, hinting that gains can be made in tomorrow’s 21 lap race.

The next #FrenchWorldSBK session is FP4 at 0845 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow before the Superpole sessions start from 1030.  Race 1 gets underway at 1300 local time.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

It took us a while to get going today, we had a steady start then in the last session we made a setting change which was a move in the right direction and I felt better on the bike. We still need to find a chunk of lap time to challenge the guys ahead of us, but we have a good direction to move in now. This is a circuit where maintaining a quick pace is difficult, but we'll continue grafting and hopefully can improve for Superpole and the race.

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Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

Today was OK, it was good that I have previous experience at Magny-Cours as it's a real tricky track to get right. We were able to improve my pace throughout the day, but perhaps not as much as we would've liked. The pace on the used tyres was pretty good, but we just need to find a bit more pace tomorrow. I'll sleep on what we've learned on tonight and will aim to make more progress tomorrow and move up the order.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

After the first day at Magny-Cours we're a bit down the order, but setting wise we made progress over the course of the day. We can lap quite consistently on used tyres, but we're still not getting the best performance when the tyres are new, which hurt us today. However, for the race I think we can be better than our current position indicates. Leon feels his setting with the bike is good, we just need to find some tenths so he can challenge the riders ahead of him, while Jake was able to improve his pace throughout the whole day and is moving in the right direction. For FP4 we'll try some adjustments to give the guys a better bike ahead of qualifying and Race 1.

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French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2018, Round 11

Friday 28 Sep 2018, 15:00 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 43%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'37.202
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.201
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.287
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.301
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.424
6 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Racing Ducati +0.508
7 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati +0.508
8 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Racing Ducati +0.512
9 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.532
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.654
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.658
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.105
13 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.459
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.482
15 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.806
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.859
17 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.425
18 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.430
19 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +2.539
20 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.900
21 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA Team ASPI BMW +7.324
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# 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 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 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 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 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Bradley RAY 28 GBR 3 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
26 Luke MOSSEY GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 1 Guandalini Racing Yamaha