Camier ready for Misano challenge
Camier ready for Misano challenge

This weekend’s Riviera Di Rimini WorldSBK round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is an important one for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, as Kent’s Leon Camier and Jake Gagne aim to head into the summer break with a strong showing at the Italian circuit.

Camier, from Ashford, endured a frustrating round at Laguna Seca last time out, however progress was still made on fine tuning the set-up of the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, giving the British rider some confidence that an improved performance is on the cards this weekend in Italy.

On the other side of the garage, Gagne comes off his best WorldSBK round to date with two top-ten performances at Laguna Seca. The American rookie is in good form and returns to a circuit he last rode during his Red Bull Rookies Cup winning year in 2010.

The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a tight and technical circuit, jamming in sixteen corners into its 4.2 kilometer length. The most challenging part of the circuit is from turns eleven to fourteen, starting with the flat-out Curvone which sweeps into progressively tighter right-hand corners ending at Carro.

For Camier, it’s a weekend he’s looking forward to: “I am looking forward to the Misano round this weekend and it’s a track I enjoy riding. After our work at the last round at Laguna Seca, I think we found a good direction for the setting of the Fireblade, so we have a few things to try this weekend. I can’t wait to get started and hope we have a good performance and leave for the Summer break in a good place.”

The first WorldSBK session at Misano is Free Practice 1 which starts at 0945 local time (GMT +2). Race 1 and 2 will start at 1300 local time on Saturday and Sunday respectively.