Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier got up to speed quickly on his Fireblade at the Automotodrom Brno today to finish P9 on combined times and secure his first Superpole 2 appearance since the Aragon round.

In what has become a regular occurence in this year’s championship, Friday practice was subjected to temperamental weather as Free Practice 1 was declared wet due to early morning rain, with the remaining two sessions taking place in dry conditions. The variable conditions hurt the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team more than most as they missed the Brno test earlier in the year, however the team and riders put in extra effort and to make up for lost time.

Despite the challenges and still feeling sore from his broken ribs, Camier showed competitive pace in the dry conditions and his personal best lap time of 2’00.227 set in Free Practice 2 ensured the #2 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 will take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 2 session. Camier was among the top five riders in the first three sectors, with the final sector the focus for improvement tomorrow.

For Jake Gagne it was a more steady start to the race weekend, the American rider like his team mate set his best time in Free Practice 2 and although he pushed hard, was unable to find more pace in the final session of the day. Gagne finished P19 overall with a personal best lap time of 2’01.324 and will participate in Superpole 1 tomorrow with the aim of finishing in the top two to join his team mate in SP2.

The next session is Free Practice 4 tomorrow at 0845 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow with Race 1 scheduled to commence at 1300.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

I'm pretty happy with how today went, we weren't here for the test which meant we had no base setting to start but we managed to catch up quickly. If we can get the feeling on the bike I need, I think we can be even more competitive. Looking at the sector times I'm in the top 5 in sectors one to three, it's just the last sector we need to work on, so we'll work on the bike's setting and geometry and try and make a good step tomorrow. Physically, I'm still not 100% which is impacting my riding in some areas, but if we can improve my body and the bike for tomorrow we could get a good result.

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Jake Gagne

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Today was my first time at Brno in a few years and the first time on the Fireblade, it's a fun and flowing track but we didn't quite have the speed we wanted. I got to try the bike in the wet and dry today and we tried a few different settings on the bike but didn't make that much progress. Mainly I think I need to work out how to ride the bike a bit better around this track, focus on getting drive out of some corners and join up the sectors better. Tonight we'll check out some data, work out what I need to improve on and where we can improve the bike, then we'll get out there and try again tomorrow.

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Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

We had a good start to the weekend, especially considering we missed the two day test here. Leon showed quick and consistent pace, and in some sectors was very impressive and if you look at the lap times in the top 10 they are really close, so we will work on some things with Leon to hopefully extract more pace from the Fireblade so he can challenge for a good position in the race. We also have some work to do on Jake's side as although he got up to a decent pace in FP2 he was unable to improve further as they day progressed, so we'll work with him over night to try and get him more comfortable on the bike for Superpole and Race 1.

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Czech Round

Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

WorldSBK 2018, Round 7

Dry / 25
Friday 8 Jun 2018, 15:31 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Ground Temp: 37°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'59.403
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.268
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.392
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.427
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.514
6 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.567
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.575
8 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.788
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +0.824
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.829
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.070
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.525
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.602
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.632
15 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.651
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1.753
17 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.854
18 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.876
19 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.921
20 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.106
Rider Standings
Sunday, 27 May 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 245 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 181 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 163 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
4 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 163 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 136 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 124 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 118 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 78 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
9 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 67 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 64 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
11 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 56 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 53 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
13 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 43 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
14 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 38 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
15 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 37 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 32 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
17 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 20 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 18 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
19 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 14 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
20 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
21 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 10 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
22 Bradley RAY 28 GBR 3 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
23 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Luke MOSSEY GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki