WORLD SUPERBIKE – Twelfth Place for Red Bull Honda’s Gagne in Aragón Race 1

Motorland Aragón, Spain, April 14, 2018

Jake Gagne equalled his best position of the year in a closely-contested Race 1 at Aragón as the American rider claimed twelfth place, while his fellow Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier was unfortunately involved in an incident on lap 3 which called an early finish to his race.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Having qualified in ninth and thirteenth places respectively, Camier and Gagne were primed for a good fight in dry conditions for Race 1. Camier got a good start and found himself as high as fifth place on the opening lap, however while running in eighth place he was involved in an incident at turn 11. Following the incident, Camier was treated by medical staff on site and although he is fully conscious with full movement of his limbs, he was taken to hospital in nearby Alcañiz for further assessment. At this stage there is no indication whether he would be fit to participate in Race 2.

The incident involving Camier resulted in the race being red flagged and after the restart, a shortened 17-lap race got underway with Gagne resuming his push for a top-ten position. Gagne managed to keep a consistent pace throughout the race and ultimately was just half a second from a top-ten place, crossing the finish line in twelfth place and adding another four points to his points tally for the season.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

Comments

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / 12th
“It was great to get a full race under my belt here in Aragón and I enjoyed having some close racing in that big group of riders. As well as scoring more points, I was able to learn a lot about which sections of the circuit we’re strong in and where we need to improve, so we’ve now got a lot of information on how to change some settings to improve things for Race 2. It’s a real shame that Leon was caught up in an incident, it’s never nice to see riders get hurt so I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Kervin Bos Team Manager
“Today with the dry weather we tried to make up for lost time and improve our settings in FP4 and qualifying and we were looking forward to putting up a good fight in the race. Unfortunately, today we saw the unpleasant side of racing with the incident Leon was involved in, but thankfully he appears to have no serious injuries but has been taken to hospital for further assessment. I would like to commend the circuit and medical staff for their prompt actions after the incident. On the positive side, it was great to see Jake put in a good race and he was just a few tenths from a top-ten place, however P12 matches his best result of the year. We have some adjustments we can make in Warm Up to help him fight for more points in Race 2, so we’ll once again push to the maximum tomorrow.”

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Race 2

Gagne Secures Double Points Finish with Twelfth Place in Aragón Race 2
Motorland Aragón, Spain, April 15, 2018
A hard-fought twelfth place for Jake Gagne ensured a double points finish at the Aragón WorldSBK round, the American rider continuing his progress on the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 for his best weekend yet in the WorldSBK championship.

Starting from thirteenth position on the grid, Gagne had a storming start to make up multiple positions and settled into tenth place at the end of the first lap. Fighting hard to secure the first top-ten finish of his WorldSBK career, Gagne set a competitive pace in the middle stage of the race and in the final laps enjoyed a close battle with Kawasaki rider Román Ramos, with Gagne crossing the finish line in P12 just 0.1 seconds behind his Spanish competitor.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Gagne was the sole rider for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team in Race 2 due to the injury his team mate Leon Camier sustained in Race 1 and by securing another point-scoring finish, Gagne moves up a place in the riders classification into fifteenth overall with 17 points after three rounds. Camier is in eighth place in the standings with 42 points.

Comments

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Race result: Race 2 / 12th
“We made a couple of changes in Warm Up this morning that I was really happy with which helped me a lot, particularly in braking. With those changes made I was confident heading into the race and I got a great start and slotted into tenth place on the first lap and found a good rhythm. The Fireblade was working really well and I could hold a good pace throughout the race, but in the last few laps I struggled a bit with rear grip so at that point I just focused on keeping my position. Overall I’m really happy from this weekend as I got points in both races and made progress with the bike so it’s a good way to head into Assen next weekend.”

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Kervin Bos Team Manager
“Today we saw another solid performance from Jake, fighting in the top ten and then managing his race well to finish in twelfth place. Jake scored points in both races this weekend and stepped up his performance for his best weekend so far in WorldSBK. We also had some good news from Leon, who is leaving hospital in Alcaniz today and is heading home to Andorra so we wish him all the best and will continue to monitor his recovery.”

Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 03: Motorland Aragón – Spain

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
3 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
4 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
5 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
6 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
12 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
16 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
2 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
4 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
5 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
6 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
12 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
14 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
2 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
3 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
4 Lucas MAHIAS (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
5 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)
6 Luke STAPLEFORD (Profile Racing)
8 Niki TUULI (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
18 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
20 Andrew IRWIN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)