Gagne grabs pole to guide MotoAmerica Superbike on first day at VIR
Contemporary N’ Lean Assault Efficiency Yamaha’s Jake Gagne picked up the place he left off from the opening spherical of the 2021 MotoAmerica Sequence two weeks in the past, the race-two winner at Highway Atlanta main an ultra-close Q1 session on a surprising Friday afternoon at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway.
Gagne set the very best lap on his fourth go-around, a 1:24.103 that was simply .155 of a second sooner than his teammate Josh Herrin with Herrin doing his greatest on his 17th lap and whereas chasing Gagne.
The highest seven riders circulated VIR on the identical second.
Gagne’s greatest lap was simply .313 of a second off five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s lap document which was set throughout Superpole in 2018.
“It was a very good begin,” Gagne stated after placing his Yamaha YZF-R1 on provisional pole. “After Atlanta, I knew we might roll out the bike with the identical settings and totally different gearing, clearly, for a special monitor, however the monitor felt actually good straight away. Couple little kinks right here and there and this race might be totally different. These tires are gonna be a bit more durable within the warmth, they are going to put on a bit extra. In Atlanta we noticed these tires held up good nearly the entire time, however I feel this week might be a battle of conserving the tempo up and conserving the tires in respectable form and making an attempt to not get an excessive amount of out of it. This Yamaha is working good proper off the truck. We’ll strive a pair little tweaks tomorrow to see if we will get make the bike a bit simpler to trip. I’m joyful and now we have an incredible tempo so it’s all good.”
If Gagne was having enjoyable on the high of the charts, the happiest rider nonetheless M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Cameron Petersen, the South African all smiles as he ended the session third and .458 of a second behind in simply his second outing on the GSX-R1000 Superbike.
Behind Petersen got here countryman Mathew Scholtz, the HONOS Superbike Championship factors chief .532 of a second behind Gagne in fourth.
Petersen’s teammate Bobby Fong accomplished the highest 5, the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider narrowly forward of Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York’s Loris Baz, who in flip was simply forward of Panera Bread Ducati’s Kyle Wyman.
Scheibe Racing BMW’s Hector Barbera, FLY Racing ADR Motorsports David Anthony and Thrashed Bike Racing Max Flinders rounded out the highest 10 heading into tomorrow’s Q2.
In SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup motion, it was Highway Atlanta race one winner Tyler Scott who led the way in which, the Pennsylvanian driving his Scott Powersports-backed KTM RC 390 R to a greatest lap of 1:37.235. That bested Veloce Racing’s Maxwell Toth and Bauce Racing/Cybersafe Options/JL62 Racing’s Joseph LiMandri Jr.
Given the velocity he confirmed within the season opener, it wasn’t an enormous shock that Benjamin Smith may paved the way on Friday in Supersport Q1, however he did simply that. Lapping at a better of 1:27.654, the North East Cycle Outlet Racing Yamaha rider led championship factors chief Sean Dylan Kelly by .093 of a second on Friday afternoon. MESA37’s Stefano Mesa ended up third with HONOS Racing Staff’s Richie Escalante and MESA37’s Xavier Zayat rounding out the highest 5.
Escalante was driving with a damaged collarbone that was plated every week and a half in the past after the defending class champion crashed his bicycle in Los Angeles within the days following the Highway Atlanta race.
HONOS HVMC Racing’s Corey Alexander rebounded from a troublesome opening spherical at Highway Atlanta to guide Q1 within the Inventory 1000 class, besting Travis Wyman Racing’s Travis Wyman by simply .054 of a second. Altus Motorsports’ Jake Lewis ended up third.
The Twins Cup Q1 session was hotly contested on Friday afternoon with Teagg Hobbs lapping at 1:31.471 to greatest Jody Barry by .614 of a second with Toby Khamsouk third, 1.188 seconds off Hobbs’ tempo.