Leon Camier was out of the blocks quickly at Misano today, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider setting the sixth quickest overall time in dry conditions on his CBR1000RR to secure a berth in Superpole 2 tomorrow.

The opening day of action at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli commenced in hot conditions and straight away Camier found a strong pace, setting the fourth quickest time in the first practice session this morning. The Briton’s form continued in the second practice session where he could improve his time – setting a personal best time of 1’35.211 to end the day six-tenths off the pace.

It was a more difficult start to the weekend for Jake Gagne, the American rider took time to find his way around the technical Misano circuit and then had a loss of track time in Free Practice 2 due to a minor technical issue. Gagne’s quickest time of the day was set in the first session, his 1’37.439 leaving him in 21st position overall.

After sunny and hot conditions for the first two sessions, rains arrived before the final session of the day, Free Practice 3, with neither rider heading out on the damp track. Camier’s sixth place overall means he qualifies for Superpole 2, while Gagne will head to Superpole 1 instead.

The next session is Free Practice 4 tomorrow at 0845 local time (GMT +2), with the Superpole sessions starting at 1030 before Race 1 commences at 1300.

Leon Camier

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I'm really happy with how today went, we have found a good direction with the setting of the bike and the Fireblade was working really well around Misano. Everyone in the top ten is really close on lap times, but I could set a really good pace on old tyres, so I think we're in a good place for qualifying and the race. I'm feeling a lot more competitive than I have in the last couple of rounds, so tomorrow should be good for us.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

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It's good to be back at Misano but it was a tough start to the day for me as I was trying to find out my lines and get comfortable on the bike. Unfortunately between the small problem we had in Free Practice 2 and the rain late in the afternoon, I didn't get a lot of track time but the forecast for tomorrow looks good so we'll get out there and do our best to make some improvements in qualifying and the race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

We were able to show some good pace today at Misano, with Leon being competitive straight away and setting some quick lap times on both new and used tyres. We've found a good direction with his CBR1000RR and there's still some room for improvement so we hope he can challenge for the top five tomorrow. We also trialled a new aerodynamic package on Leon's bike and this seems to be a good step also which is positive for us. Unfortunately for Jake today it wasn't so easy as he struggled to get up to speed and the lack of track time hurt him especially. However, he has shown in the past he can improve over the weekend, so in fine conditions tomorrow we're confident he can take a step forward.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Riviera di Rimini Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

WorldSBK 2018, Round 9

Dry / Wet
Friday 6 Jul 2018, 16:51 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia 1'34.562
2 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.440
3 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.441
4 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.463
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.486
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +0.649
7 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.732
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.802
9 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.807
10 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.823
11 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.877
12 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.101
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.245
14 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.379
15 Niccolò Canepa 94 ITA Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.574
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.143
17 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.215
18 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.356
19 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.557
20 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.638
21 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.877
Rider Standings
Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 320 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 245 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 215 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
4 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 196 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 183 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 168 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 154 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 91 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
9 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 89 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
10 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 80 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
11 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 79 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
12 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 75 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 75 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
14 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 54 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
15 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 49 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
16 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 47 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
17 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 37 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 23 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 Karel HANIKA 98 CZE 5 Guandalini Racing Kawasaki
23 Bradley RAY 28 GBR 3 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
24 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Luke MOSSEY GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki