Gagne does it once more at Highway America
Contemporary N’ Lean Assault Efficiency Yamaha’s Jake Gagne continued his domination of the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike class, the Californian successful a fourth straight race whereas additionally taking up the lead within the championship on a sizzling and sunny day at Highway America.
In a carbon copy of his three different victories, Gagne led from pole place and was by no means headed. He was the one rider to lap within the 2:11s and pulled away to what was finally a 5.987-second victory.
After we introduced this Yamaha off the truck on Friday it felt actually, actually good,” Gagne mentioned. “This monitor is simply distinctive. I knew these guys have been going to go. Once you get to a race right here at this monitor, we’ve received these lengthy straightaways and other people could make up time. It’s one factor doing it in observe, however these guys will step it up within the race. My first couple laps have been actually, actually strong. Didn’t wish to make any errors. Simply tried to be easy, be simple on these tires. Simply type of barely creeped away. It wasn’t a lot. It wasn’t like VIR. These guys have been on my toes. I may see a few these spots you’ll be able to see the massive TV and also you see these blue bikes and the crimson bike battling round. Hats off to the crew. They maintain working, working, working regardless of how briskly we’re. Even when we’ve received a bit of hole, they maintain working and we maintain going quicker and that’s the plan. I believe we realized quite a bit even right this moment. I believe we will attempt to brush some issues up tomorrow as a result of these boys are going to be coming.”
The battle for second was one with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York’s Loris Baz storming by means of in the previous couple of laps to go from fourth to second, passing each M4 ECSTAR Suzukis to complete behind Gagne after making dramatic adjustments to his Ducati Panigale V4 R previous to the race.
“We modified the bike quite a bit,” Baz mentioned. “Each session I might exit with a very completely different bike. In race one, we modified the swingarm greater than as soon as simply 20 minutes earlier than the race as a result of we received a variety of information. We tried a variety of issues. That bike by no means rode really with the Dunlop tire. Now we have to seek out the setup and work with the model. I used to be struggling all weekend. Lastly, I belief my guys. The early laps it was actually exhausting as a result of once you go along with a brand new bike and everyone seems to be pushing exhausting, I used to be simply sluggish. Then I took tempo. I noticed Cam (Petersen) was actually quick approaching Bobby (Fong) and I simply hope that he overtake him actually quickly so I can come again, and (this) is precisely what occurred. Going into the final lap, I managed to overhaul Bobby earlier than the end line. So, I mentioned, ‘okay.’ I simply tried to stick with Cam, nevertheless it was exhausting as a result of additionally Bobby was simply behind. Within the final nook, I simply wished to open the road to have drive, however I needed to shut the door for Bobby. It was robust. However we’re getting there step-by-step. It’s actually exhausting attending to attempt so many issues in such a small period of time, however that’s our problem. Congrats to Cam. Hats off to Jake. Now we have to work actually exhausting to catch him. Large due to all of the workforce. That one goes to Jason (Dupasquier, who handed away from accidents suffered in a qualifying crash for the Italian Moto3 Grand Prix).”
Baz handed each Bobby Fong and Cameron Petersen on the run to the flag with simply .073 of a second overlaying the three-rider battle for second. Petersen held on for third for his first MotoAmerica Superbike podium together with his teammate Fong a shadow fourth.
“I’m tremendous completely satisfied,” Petersen mentioned. “Clearly, I’ve been working for this for a very long time. I’ve had a number of alternatives at it, and it by no means appears to go my approach. So, to lastly get one it feels so, so good. I type of maintain occurring about it, however this one’s for my household. They sacrificed every part. So, this one goes out to my dad, my mother, my sister, my fiancé. They’ve sacrificed just about every part for me to get thus far, so this one’s for them.”
Some eight seconds behind the battle for second, the battle for fifth was settled on the line with Gagne’s teammate Josh Herrin barely besting Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz for the spot.
One other some 11 seconds behind got here a tussle for seventh that went to Panera Bread Ducati’s Kyle Wyman over Scheibe Racing BMW’s Hector Barbera, the Spaniard ending up eighth in his Highway America debut.
FLY Racing ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony and Geoff Might Racing/VisionWheel.com’s Geoff Might, the Georgian taking the Superbike Cup because the top-finishing Inventory 1000-spec mounted racer.
Along with his third win in 4 races, Gagne leads the championship by 9 factors over Scholtz, 100-91. Herrin is third with 72 factors, 10 factors away from Petersen’s 62. Fong is fifth with 59 factors.