Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier took sixth place in Race 2 of the Australian WorldSBK round as the British rider completed an impressive competitive debut on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

For Race 2 Camier lined up on the second row in P4 and after a great opening lap, ran as high as second place in a lead group comprising eight riders for the first half of the race. Meanwhile Jake Gagne, starting from row four in P12 got up to speed and was in a fight for a top ten position before he had a small crash at turn 4. However, the American rider was able to re-join the race.

Following a mandatory pit stop for new tyres at the end of lap 11 – a ruling introduced for Race 2 due to some riders experiencing high tyre wear in Race 1 – Camier and Gagne resumed their push up the field and both riders were able to make up places in the second half of the race.

Camier was especially impressive as he made some bold passing moves to move into P5 towards the end of the 22-lap race, and fighting until the end he crossed the finish line in sixth place, just 2.745 seconds behind the race winner. Gagne recovered from his earlier spill to come home in P13 and wrap up a double-points finish on his first ever race weekend at Phillip Island.

With round 1 completed, Camier is sixth in the WorldSBK championship standings on 19 points, while Gagne is fifteenth overall with 7 points. The Red Bull World Superbike Team will next be in action at round 2 of the WorldSBK season at Chang International Circuit in Thailand from March 23-25.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I gave as much as I could in Race 2, we were really strong in some areas and in other areas not so much but overall I felt very competitive. I could stick with the leading group before and after the pit stop and made some really good passes from a long way back. I had some good battles with Lowes and Sykes and between the two races this weekend I'm really happy with my first race weekend with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team. Now I just want to keep making progress and see what we can do at the next round in Thailand.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was a bittersweet weekend for me; I made a lot of progress on the bike, but the crash today meant I couldn't get the result me and the Fireblade were capable of. In warm up I was in the top ten and in Race 2 I felt even better, but I got caught up with some other riders and when trying to make a pass at turn four had the door closed on me and crashed. It was a real shame but at least I could recover to finish the race and score some points. Overall, I've improved my pace a lot over the weekend and got points in both races so its something to build on. I wish we were going to Thailand tomorrow!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

It was a very exciting race today and Leon showed what the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 was capable of, running in second place in the early stages. Leon managed to stay in the lead pack for the whole race, but unfortunately for us the pit stop was almost too good as we got Leon away very quickly which meant he couldn't exit pit lane as fast as the other riders. This cost him a bit of time on his out lap however his pace was good enough that he could catch the lead group again and a P6 finish just two seconds from the race winner was a very good way to end the weekend. Jake also found more pace than he had yesterday but he also had some bad luck with a small crash when trying to pass some slower riders. However he managed to recover and score points again and I know there's more in the bag for Jake as we get to the next races. Looking over the whole weekend I am pleased with our season start and I'd like to say thanks to all the team, the guys back at the workshop, our partners, sponsors and Honda Europe for all their support so far and now we look ahead to Thailand where we'll push even harder for some good results.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2018, Round 1

Dry / 20
Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 05:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Ground Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 34'42.633
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.021
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 16 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.304
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.488
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.474
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.745
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +3.098
8 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +14.391
9 Loris Baz 76 FRA 7 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +14.361
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +19.785
11 Román Ramos 40 SPA 5 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +25.237
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 4 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +40.504
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA 3 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +58.923
14 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1'00.084
15 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 1 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2 laps
Dry / 20
Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 04:44 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 33'40.354
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.180
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +9.265
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 13 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +9.821
5 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +13.896
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +17.028
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR 9 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +21.514
8 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +23.662
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +27.430
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +27.446
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +27.748
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +28.466
13 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +30.000
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA 2 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +53.619
15 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'00
16 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1'00
17 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +
18 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +
Dry
Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 02:58 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'30.099
2 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.240
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.561
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.668
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.910
6 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.957
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.981
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.141
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.482
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +No time set
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +No time set
12 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +No time set
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
14 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
25 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
Wet/Dry
Friday 23 Feb 2018, 11:45 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia 1'30.407
2 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +0.315
3 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.339
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.475
5 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.565
6 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.566
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.707
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.818
9 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.108
10 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.109
11 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.282
12 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.417
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.517
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.837
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.878
Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 50 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 33 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 31 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 29 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 21 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 19 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
7 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
8 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
9 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 12 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 10 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 9 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 9 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
13 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
14 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 7 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
15 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
16 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki