After a lengthy summer break, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will join their WorldSBK rivals on track this weekend at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal for round 10 of the FIM World Superbike Championship.
The team return to the undulating 4.6 kilometre circuit in Portimão after completing four days of testing at the venue last month, with riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne looking to gain from the lessons learned on their CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines. The circuit is one of the most demanding on the WorldSBK calendar, with large elevation changes combining with a mixture of tight and long radius corners.
Camier continues his recovery from an injury sustained during a crash while testing for the Suzuka 8 Hour, but should be close to full fitness for the upcoming round. Although he has done hundreds of laps of the Portimão circuit in testing, this weekend will be Gagne’s first competitive outing at the Portuguese track.
Round ten of the WorldSBK championship will kick off with Free Practice 1 at 0945 local time (GMT +1) on Friday. Race 1 will start at 1300 local time on Saturday, while Race 2 on Sunday has a late start at 1515.