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More, from a press release released by MotoAmerica:
The first day at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca belongs to Gagné
Jake Gagné leads the way again in HONOS Superbike
MONTEREY, CA (July 9, 2021) – Fresh N ‘Lean Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne had a normal Jake Gagne day on Friday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Go fast, win provisional pole, get ready for the first of two HONOS Superbike races tomorrow at the MotoAmerica GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest in Monterey.
Gagné clocked one lap in 1: 24.371 in Qualifying 1, putting him .338 of a second ahead of Loris Baz of Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York, the Frenchman clocking his fastest lap in 1: 24.709 after a low level fall in the Corkscrew.
“We had a good day today,” said Gagné. “In the first session we got the bike out of the truck, and it was actually one of the toughest first sessions we had. I was not very happy with the bike with just a few small tweaks, mainly the electronics. We managed to use both tires and I preferred the green tire. We made a few changes between sessions and immediately improved the feel of the bike in the second session. So we did a 13 or 14 lap run to get a good feel for the tires, and we had a really good run here. Obviously we’re just trying to get the job done for the race. We’re just seeing how these Dunlops are going to be in the second half of the race because that’s when we want to be strong.
Cameron Petersen of M4 ECSTAR Suzuki finished a sunny and warm afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula third fastest due to his 1: 24.831 on his 17th lap and which put the South African ahead of compatriot Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholz by only 0.002 of a second. Scholtz suffered two falls during the session.
Gagné’s teammate Josh Herrin finished the day in fifth place with his 1: 25.139, which puts him ahead of Hector Barbera of Scheibe Racing BMW, Bobby Fong of M4 ECSTAR Suzuki and the return of Toni Elias to Panera Bread Ducati. of Kyle Wyman completing the top eight.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly edged his rival Richie Escalante in the Kawasaki HONOS HVMC Racing by just 0.130 of a second in Supersport Q1. Benjamin Smith of North East Cycle Outlet Racing, Cory Ventura of CV28 Racing and Kevin Olmedo of Altus Motorsports round out the top five.
Scott Powersports / KTM’s Tyler Scott was the fastest in SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup races as he led championship rival Ben Gloddy by 1.4 seconds. Max Van finished the day third, 1.7 seconds behind Scott.
Bryce Prince of BPR Tuning made his first day back in the MotoAmerica series as he led the way in Stock 1000 Q1, beating Andy DiBrino of Ridge Motorsports Park / DiBrino Racing and Ashton Yates of Jones Honda.
Mission Foods S&S Cycle Indian Challenger Tyler O’Hara and his 1: 33.058 led the Mission King Of The Baggers Q1, defeating Travis Wyman of HD Screamin ‘Eagle, Michael Barnes of DTF Performance / Hoban Brothers Racing and the Championship Points leader Kyle Wyman and his HD Screamin ‘Eagle Road Glide.
Righteous Racing’s Jody Barry led the Twins Cup Q1 ahead of his Robem Engineering teammates Toby Khamsouk and Kaleb De Keyrel.
More, from a press release issued by Ducati North America:
Ducati stars shine under the Californian sun
Sunnyvale, California, July 9, 2021 – Loris Baz and Toni Elias had a solid day for Ducati at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with the European duo finishing the day second and eighth respectively.
Baz’s best time put him just 0.338 seconds behind leader Jake Gagne on the Yamaha Fresh N ‘Lean Attack Performance. The Frenchman completed 32 laps during the day with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York, impressing with his consistency as he edged out Cameron Petersen of Suzuki and Mathew Scholtz of Yamaha.
Elias completed a mammoth 42 laps in the first practice and qualifying sessions on the Panera Bread Ducati, ending the day 1.8 seconds behind Gagne after nearly a year of no racing activity as he went used to the Panera Bread Ducati in place of the regular rider. and team owner, Kyle Wyman.
Loris Baz (HSBK Racing Ducati New York Warhorse – Ducati # 76)
“It’s always nice to be back at Laguna,” said Baz. “This place is still crazy. You always feel like you have to relearn the track, even if you know it. It’s so cool to ride here. I feel good. We were P2 in both sessions but the track grip is not very high so we made some changes but I think we went in the wrong direction for Q1. I had a little mistake in the Corkscrew so a big thank you to the team as it was the first lap and they were able to reassemble the bike so I could finish the session. I’m not very happy with the pace but I think there are improvements to be made for tomorrow. I’m happy to be driving the Ducati here, it’s an amazing place and the weather is a lot nicer than the last race, so we’re going to go tomorrow.
Toni Elias (Panera Pain Ducati – Ducati # 24)
“I’m really happy to have the feeling of riding a racing bike again,” said Elias. “To feel the power, the brakes, the ups and downs and the roller coaster of Laguna is amazing. We worked really hard from the first practice to the first qualifying. I felt comfortable with the position of the bike from the start, but then I struggled a bit with the geometry of the bike. In the afternoon, following the changes, I felt much better. My lap time has improved all day, but maybe I need a driver up front to help me jump into 1:25. The 25s are closer to the P3-P5 group, but something is missing. To do it all in one day is impossible, but I think we are taking the right steps and tomorrow we hope for another step. We need to make the rear a bit more stable and have a bit more grip and if we can do that I think we’ll take a big step. We progressed from the first to the last session in stability on the brakes. We’re going in the right direction, we just need a little more time, and hopefully tomorrow we get the feeling we want and get the lap time we are looking for.