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ottobre 14, 2018 - Honda Racing

WorldSbk - Camier battles to tenth in Argentina Race 1

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Leon Camier walks away with a tenth place finish as #jakegagne crashes out while fighting for the top ten.

Saturday in #argentina started well with #jakegagne ending Free Practice 4 in seventh place, ahead of many of the riders he was set to face in Superpole 1. Times were tight in the following session, Gagne unfortunately forced to settle for fourth and a fourteenth place grid position. Red Bull Honda #worldsbk teammate #leoncamier found time in Superpole 2 with fresh tyres, a 140.189 earning him tenth on the grid for Race 1.

From their respective starting positions of tenth and fourteenth, Camier and Gagne both held their ground in the opening corners. The pair settled into their rhythm quickly with the top ten in their sights. Camier had been leading the charge to close the gap to the group ahead, but a moment on lap five dropped him to fourteenth. Unfortunately, the bad luck continued as just a lap later #jakegagne fell at Turn 5, ending his chances of scoring points.

After the early race incident, Camier rallied and set a series of personal best laps to move back through the field. He soon caught Loris Baz and the two began a heated battle for tenth place, Camier opened up a half second lead with eight laps remaining as he tried to escape. The two battled right until the close of the race, Camier crossing the line in tenth and only 0.047s behind Baz after a late move from the French rider.

With his six points from tenth place, Camier holds 108 championship points and is twelfth in the championship standings, while Gagne remains seventeenth in the riders championship on 51 points.

Race 2 tomorrow will start at 1600 local time (GMT -3), both riders ready to improve their fortunes and show their strong race pace.