The opening day of action at Motorland Aragón was ruled by unsettled weather, as Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne took on the challenging conditions to end the day in tenth and fourteenth place respectively on combined times.

Friday practice at Aragón proved to be a frustrating affair for the riders, as the mixed weather conditions made it difficult to find a rhythm. Having sampled both wet and dry conditions in the opening two sessions, both riders were able to improve their pace in the dry opening stanza of Free Practice 3 before the re-appearance of rain scuppered their chances of further improving their standing. At the end of the day Camier’s best lap time of 1’51.818 left him one second off the top of the timesheet, while Gagne’s personal best was a 1’52.778.

With further rain a possibility over the remainder of the weekend, the wet first practice session gave the riders a valuable opportunity to assess the Fireblade’s performance in wet conditions at Aragón and Camier proved that the CBR1000RR was effective in the wet as well as the dry, finishing third quickest in the wet Free Practice 1 session.

The next WorldSBK session is tomorrow morning’s Free Practice 4 session at 08:45 local time (GMT +2) before qualifying takes place with Superpole 1 at 10:30 and Superpole 2 at 10:55. Race 1 commences at 13:00.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

We were able to try a few different things today with the Fireblade but unfortunately the weather didn't help us as we could've done with some more dry track time. The bike was amazing in the wet this morning and I felt comfortable right away, then in the dry we made some good changes to the bike but unfortunately the rain in FP3 meant we couldn't try for a quick lap on new tyres. We've got a bit of work to do before qualifying and Race 1 but I think we've got a good direction to go with setting wise, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was an interesting day with the weather as it meant we had to try a lot of different settings on the bike. It was good to get some wet track time this morning and I felt I could get up to speed on the bike right away. When the track was dry we were able to try a few different things and by FP3 I felt we made a big step with the bike, so it was unfortunate that the rain then came as I was hoping for more dry track time. Overall though I felt we made a lot of progress during the three sessions and I'm feeling good ahead of qualifying and the race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

The weather today was quite challenging for the team and the riders, however the base setting of the CBR1000RR Fireblade here is working quite well as evidenced by how quick Leon was straight away in the wet morning session. It was a shame that we only had one fully dry session as it meant we were limited in trying different settings and also couldn't try to see what our one lap pace on new tyres was, so this leaves us with a bit of work to do in FP4 tomorrow morning. However, both Leon and Jake are pleased with how the bike is performing here at Aragon, we just need to make some small adjustments and hopefully we can make a good step tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Aragón Round

MotorLand Aragón, Spain

WorldSBK 2018, Round 3

Wet / Dry / 15
Friday 13 Apr 2018, 15:38 UTC
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Ground Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'50.652
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.039
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.197
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.473
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.560
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.695
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.695
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.053
9 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.159
10 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.166
11 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.302
12 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.883
13 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +2.026
14 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.126
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.245
16 Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS SPB Racing Team Kawasaki +2.326
17 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.489
18 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +2.577
19 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.697
20 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.814
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.807
Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 69 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 67 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 60 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
4 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 57 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 48 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 45 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 43 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 42 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
9 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 21 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 18 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 16 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 14 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 13 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 12 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 9 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 8 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 5 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
19 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki