MotoAmerica: Won on gas in Superbike Q1 at Road America – Roadracing World Magazine


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More, from a press release released by MotoAmerica:

Won on top on day one of HONOS Superbike at Road America

MotoAmerica launches at Elkhart Lake with Jake Gagne in provisional pole position

ELKHART LAKE, WI (Jun 11, 2021) – Fresh N ‘Lean Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne has been on pole for the first two rounds of the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike season. Based on his performance today in Q1, it would be difficult to bet against him this weekend in the third round at Road America.

Gagné’s fastest lap, clocking 2: 11.426, came on her eighth go-around of the session on the Road America four miles on a hot day at Elkhart Lake. That 2: 11.426 was 0.359 seconds faster than Cameron Petersen of Suzuki M4 ECSTAR, the non-defending MotoAmerica Stock 1000 champion on the team’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.

“We made a big shift and went higher than last year because we thought we were going to accelerate a bit more,” said Gagné. “I don’t think any of us have seen this track this hot so it’s a little bit fatter than we thought. There is definitely less grip there than I’ve ever seen. We all know what tires we’re going to run with, but I know there’s a little less grip, a little less bite in some areas. We made a few gear changes, and everything went well. We have a good bike. We’ll see if we can make some adjustments in the morning and keep riding. “

Petersen’s teammate Bobby Fong, winner of one of the four Superbike races held here a year ago, finished third with his 2: 12.534. Loris Baz of Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York finished the day fourth for his Road America debut and just a notch ahead of Mathew Scholtz of Westby Racing.

Kyle Wyman of Panera Bread Ducati, Gagne Fresh N ‘Lean Attack Performance Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin, Hector Barbera of Scheibe Racing BMW and David Anthony of FLY Racing ADR Motorsports completed the top 10 on day one.

The Superbike lap record at Road America is a lap of 2: 10.623 set by Cameron Beaubier during the Superpole last June. Gagné and the others will have a chance to eclipse this record tomorrow morning in Q2 when he uses qualifying tires.

Richie Escalante of HONOS HVMC Racing led the Supersport field in Q1, with a lap of 2: 19.386 more than half a second faster than rival Sean Dylan Kelly on the Suzuki M4 ECSTAR. Stefano Mesa of MESA37 Racing was third, 1.1 seconds behind the top of Escalante.

Mesa, however, added to an already good day by winning provisional pole position in the Stock 1000 class, the driver / team owner beating Jake Lewis of Altus Motorsports and Corey Alexander of HONOS HVMC with Travis Wyman Racing of Travis Wyman and Larry Pegram of Pegram Racing to complete the top five.

In Junior Cup action, Landers Racing’s Ben Gloddy led Q1, edging out Maxwell Toth of Veloce Racing and Blake Davis of N2 Racing.

In what will likely be a preview of Sunday’s Mission King Of The Baggers race, Tyler O’Hara of Mission Foods S&S Cycle Indian Challenger and Kyle Wyman of HD Screamin ‘Eagle went back and forth with provisional pole position. The spot eventually went to O’Hara, the winner of the first round at Road Atlanta, with his 2: 29.153 – just 0.154 of a second faster than Wyman, who led the first session despite a crash when he missed a shift and rushed into the gravel.

Friday afternoon’s Twins Cup qualifying session was led by Teagg Hobbs of Innovative Motorsports / Mike’s Imports, the points leader for the upcoming championship on Road America. Hobbs clocked a lap of 2: 29.602 ahead of Kaleb De Keyrel and his Robem Engineering Aprilia RS 660. Jackson Blackmon set the third fastest time with his Jackson Blackmon Racing Yamaha, placing three different motorcycle brands (Suzuki, Aprilia, Yamaha) in provisional head. line.

More, from a press release issued by Ducati:

Ducati Stars ready to pounce on Road America for MotoAmerica 2021 third round

Sunnyvale, California, June 11, 2021 – Kyle Wyman (Panera Bread Ducati) and Loris Baz (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York) finished the first day of the third round of MotoAmerica 2021 posting ultra-competitive times on one of the longest tracks, not only in North America, but all professional motorcycle racing, Road America.

Loris Baz completed 25 laps over the two sessions in his debut appearance at Road America, ending the day an impressive fourth fastest behind Yamaha race leader Jake Gagne.

Kyle Wyman, meanwhile, made 19 draws to end the day in sixth place, confident of more speed to come in the second qualifying session before the first race on Saturday afternoon.

Loris Baz (HSBK Racing Ducati New York Warhorse – Ducati # 76)

“It’s not a bad day,” Baz said. “I’m just trying to learn this place, it’s such an amazing track. I am so happy to be here. When you discover such a place and you have a motorcycle like the Ducati V4 R under you, it reminds me of Monza in Italy. It is an amazing place.

“It’s a really long track so you don’t get a chance to do a lot of laps in the session so you don’t hit the same turns as many times as you would like, but that’s the way to go. usual learning. We changed the bike a bit between FP1 and Q1 and I had a good lap with old tires so I’m pretty confident about tomorrow. We have a bit of a gap to get closer to the best, but I am convinced that we will go faster, that we will know the track better and that we will have a better bike setup. I can’t wait to get the Ducati into the straight tomorrow.

Kyle Wyman (Panera Pain Ducati – Ducati # 33)

“Today was stable and strong,” said Wyman. “We made progress throughout the day and got steadily faster as the day went on. We didn’t really manage to do a very quick time at the end but I think we are in pretty good shape in most of the split times but we have a deficit in the last sector which is mainly at The Carousel, that we’re trying to figure it out, as it’s a pretty notorious place on this trail. We are working on improving this part of the track and getting ready to put the bike in the first two rows for the first race tomorrow.


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