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Sport Gagne completes Honda WorldSBK line up for 2018

20:45  07 december  2017
20:45  07 december  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Camier hails 'great start' to life at Honda

  Camier hails 'great start' to life at Honda Leon Camier hailed his first test with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team as a ‘great start’, after making strong progress with the troubled CBR1000RRSP2Fireblade during the Jerez test. 2017 proved a difficult year for Honda in WorldSBK. Delays in production of the new Fireblade put the team on the back foot when testing got underway in the new year, and decent results were few and far between throughout the 2017 campaign – a seventh in Thailand the highlight. Injuries for rookie Stefan Bradl, a rotating rider line–up in the latter half of the season, and the tragic death of Nicky Hayden in May compounded a horror season for the Ten Kate–run Honda squad. Signing Camier from MVAgusta prior to the Jerez round, Honda’s fortunes appear to be turning around after the Briton enjoyed a positive three days of testing at the Spanish circuit last week. Camier – who ended the 2017 season eighth in the standings – managed a best lap of 1m39.333s on the final day of running, putting him around 1.5s off of the pace of world champion Jonathan Rea, and feels the team has found a ‘good base’ from which to build on over the winter. “I’m really, really happy with this three–day test,” the Briton beamed. “I managed to get up to speed quite quickly, and yesterday I was able to set decent laptimes on race tyres. “Today it was more about understanding how the bike reacts to different changes – what works for me and what doesn’t.

Jake Gagne will partner Leon Camier at the Red Bull Honda World Superbike squad for the 2018 season, and is the second American rider confirmed to race in the series next year. 24-year-old Gagne made his WorldSBK debut at his home round at Lagua Seca this year as a replacement for the late

Jake Gagne to complete Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team line up for 2018 . Honda ’s WorldSBK Operations Manager. We are delighted to have Jake on board for the 2018 season.

Jake Gagne will partner Leon Camier at the Red Bull Honda World Superbike squad for the 2018 season, and is the second American rider confirmed to race in the series next year.

24-year-oldGagne made his WorldSBK debut at his home round at LaguaSeca this year as a replacement for the late Nicky Hayden, who tragically died from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in Italy in May.

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Gagne impressed on his first outing on the WorldSBK-spec Honda Fireblade, scoring a point in both races.

He returned to action in France and Qatar, taking points from three of those four races as he staked his claim to take the second CBR1000RRSP2 alongside Britain’s Camier next season.

Jacobsen joins TripleM Honda for WorldSBK debut

  Jacobsen joins TripleM Honda for WorldSBK debut American PJJacobsen will step up from World Supersport to the World Superbike Championship in 2018 with the TripleM Honda team. After a season in the British Superbike Championship with Tyco Suzuki, Jacobsen stepped over to WorldSSP on a Kawasaki before switching to Honda machinery halfway through 2015 – which he took to two wins and runner-up spot in the standings. Jacobsen moved to MVAgusta for 2017 and finished the year sixth in the championship with 108 points, with a best result of third at Aragon, Imola and Magny-Cours. Earlier in the month, Superstock outfit TripleM announced it was stepping up to WorldSBK as a factory-backed satellite Honda effort, with Jacobsen strongly linked to the squad. The American is thrilled to have been offered the chance to make his debut in WorldSBK, and is keen to ride the new Fireblade having ridden the previous model in the Endurance World Championship in 2015. “I’m very excited to be making my World Superbike debut with TripleM Honda WSBK Team,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be finally racing in this class and I want to thank the team and Honda for making this possible. “Both the team and I will be rookies in the WorldSBK Championship, so there will surely be a lot to learn, but it’s a challenge that stimulated me and I can’t wait to get started. “I enjoyed racing the Fireblade in the EWC two years go and I love riding 1000cc bikes, so I’m looking forward to trying the new Honda CBR1000RRFirebladeSP2.

Jake Gagne to complete Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team line up for 2018 . Honda 's WorldSBK Operations Manager. We are delighted to have Jake on board for the 2018 season.

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“It’s really a dream come true to have the chance to contest a full World Superbike season with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team,” said Gagne, who finished 14th in the 2017 MotoAmericaSuperbike series.

“I cannot thank Red Bull, Honda and Ten Kate enough for the opportunity to race the Honda CBR1000RRFirebladeSP2 over three rounds this year.

“I have learned so much from them and I got to know them quite well, so I’m looking forward to getting going again.

“2018 will be an exciting year for me, with a lot of travelling and racing on some of the best race tracks in the world.

“I want to thank again everyone involved for this incredible opportunity, and I feel I’m ready for the challenge ahead.”

Honda’s WorldSBK operations manager Marco Chini was impressed by Gagne‘s adaptability in his three appearances with the team in 2017, and this made him the ideal candidate to complete the squad’s line-up.

Gamarino gets Grillini call-up for opening rounds

  Gamarino gets Grillini call-up for opening rounds World Supersport rider Christian Gamarino will join the Grillini World Superbike team for the opening five rounds of the 2018 season before GabrieleRuiu takes over. Italian rookie Ruiu was chosen by Grillini – who will run Suzuki machinery in 2018 – to partner the returning Roberto Rolfo for 2018, though the now 17–year–old will have to wait until the Donington round before making his debut as WorldSBK rules stipulate competitors must be at least 18. Gamarino – who will make his WorldSBK debut at Phillip Island next year – has contested the Supersport class since 2014, and ended this year’s 600cc campaign 11th overall on 50 points with a best result of sixth in Portugal. Losing his ride with the Evans Bros. Honda team for 2018, Gamarino will race as part of the European Supersport Cup with the ScuolaItalianaPilotiMVAgusta team. Team boss Andrea Grillini was impressed by Gamarino‘s performances in the Supersport class in recent years, and is pleased to have an all–Italianline–up for the entirety of the 2018 season. “I have always kept an eye on Christian in the Supersport races, and this year we have created the opportunity to bring him to the team,” said Grillini. “Gamarino will race with the team in the first five rounds of the championship, and I’m sure he will do well. “After many years I find myself having an all–Italian team, and I’m happy to give young talents the chance to challenge themselves in a championship as important as WorldSBK.

The 24-year-old from San Diego, California, will reunite with the squad to take on his maiden full season in the series on board the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. Leon Camier WSBK Red Bull Honda WSBK Team Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Jake Gagne .

Jake Gagne to complete Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team line up for 2018 . Marco Chini. Honda 's WorldSBK Operations Manager. We are delighted to have Jake on board for the 2018 season.

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“We are delighted to have Jake on board for the 2018 season,” said Chini.

“He picked up the challenge this year and jumped on our Fireblade without any prior testing and did well at LagunaSeca, and later showed his talent at tracks he had never raced before.

“He is young, gifted and a great guy, so he’s the right choice for the team to ride alongside Leon.

“We look forwrad to seeing him on track very soon and we’re sure American fans will be happy to cheer him on.”

Gagne will be the second American representing Honda next season, after PJ Jacobsen agreed a deal with the TripleM team to step up from World Supersport.

2011 Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl, who endured a tough debut season with Red Bull Honda, which was prematurely ended by injury, looks set to take on a role as a Honda MotoGP test rider in 2018.

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Tuuli joins Irwin at PTR Honda in WorldSSP .
Finland’s NikiTuuli will join Britain’s Andrew Irwin at the CIA Landlords Insurance–backedPTR Honda team for the 2018 World Supersport Championship. Tuuli made his WorldSSP debut towards the end of the 2016 season, taking a KallioRacing–backed Yamaha R6 to podiums at the Lausitzring, Magny–Cours and Jerez. The Finn was retained by Kallio Racing for his first full assault in WorldSSP for 2017, though endured mixed results aboard both the old and new model of the R6. Despite his inconsistency, Tuuli managed to win the French round from pole position, while also taking to the podium in third in Thailand. He ended the year seventh in the standings with 82 points. “I’m really excited about joining the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team and also looking forward to the upcoming season,” said Tuuli. “There are a lot of new things coming ahead and I’m waiting eagerly for our first test session so that we can start building our package. “Honda is a new bike for me, but I know the bike is great and the team also has a long history with Honda. “I’m really confident that we can be a winning combination. I would like to thank Simon (Buckmaster, team boss), the whole team and my sponsors for this great opportunity. “I’m ready for the next season with a hard working attitude.

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