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World Superbike and World Supersport 2017

Round 08: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – U.S.A

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July 09, 2017

Bradl Takes 11th in Race One as Gagne Scores First WorldSBK Point at Laguna

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has completed the opening race of the US Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, with Stefan Bradl able to clinch 11th place in the final moments of the 25-lap encounter. His teammate for the round, Jake Gagne, scored his first World Championship point at his first attempt by crossing the finish line in fifteenth position.

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Stefan Bradl
Stefan Bradlzoom
Stefan Bradl

After a steady start from row six, Bradl started getting up to speed and as the laps went by, he was able to make up some places in the five-way battle for eleventh place. The 27-year-old kept a consistent pace throughout the whole race, which helped him get past Ramos on the final lap for 11th place.

Jake Gagne had a solid maiden WorldSBK race performance today, which allowed the young American to enter the World Superbike standings with one point under his belt. Gagne showed a solid and consistent pace as he joined the battle for 11th position after some encouraging overtaking maneuvers, while also shadowing at times his much-more experienced team mate.

Both Stefan and Jake’s starting position for race two will not change, meaning that they will line up on the race two grid alongside each other in 17th and 18th place, respectively.

Honda Rider Comments

Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / 11th
“Overall it wasn’t a bad race. I had a bad start and from then towards mid-race, I struggled in using the potential of the rear tire so it was hard to stay with the guys in front of me. I managed to stay calm, though, and to save the tire a little bit more, so I had a bit more rubber to play with in the second half of the race. I bridged the gap with the group ahead and was able to make some decent passes, even on the last lap when I overtook Ramos. This is definitely a positive, although when you make some important changes throughout the weekend it is sometimes hard to get the right feel for the bike. But in any case, the second part of the race was positive and I hope we can build on it and improve our result in race two.”
Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / 15th
“It was a good race and I’m really happy. The biggest thing is that we made all 25 laps and learnt a lot about the bike’s behavior over the race distance and from the riders I was riding with. It’s a dream come true to finish my first World Superbike race in the points, so I can say it’s been a good day. It’s something to build on for tomorrow: we will try to make some improvements, I have some really great guys to work with so I will try to be a little faster tomorrow.”
Pieter Breddels
“Obviously our qualifying position has had quite an impact in race one. Stefan wasn’t able to make the most of fresh tires in the first part so that’s why he lost a lot of ground early on. Once the tires started to wear off a little, however, he picked up a good rhythm, managed to make some passes and put together quite a decent race overall. That was a positive note for us. There is clearly still a lot to improve, so first thing tomorrow morning will be to help him find the right feeling with the bike on new tires. Jake was in the same group as Stefan and even managed to stay with him for a part of the race; he did a very good race, especially for being his first in the championship. He pushed the front tire a bit too much – perfectly understandable – so he ended up missing some grip in the second half.”
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Stefan Bradl
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Jake Gagne

Bradl and Gagne Battle Hard at Laguna in Race Two


The US Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has come to a close today at the Laguna Seca Raceway, with Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Stefan Bradl and Jake Gagne finishing in 11th and 14th place respectively, at the end of the second 25-lap WorldSBK encounter of the weekend.

Bradl had an exciting first third of the race: from 17th place on the grid, the 27-year-old German managed to make his way up to 10th after only eight laps. He was then involved in a three-way battle for ninth with Lowes and van der Mark and eventually rode a lonely last part of the race in 11th position all the way up to the checkered flag.

Jake Gagne rode in the top-15 for the majority of the race and well defended his 14th place – despite some rear-grip issues – until two laps to go, when he was passed by Krummenacher. The 23-year-old completed his first World Superbike round with yet another 15th place and one more point in the standings.

World Superbike will now enjoy a five-weekend break before the next round, which takes place at the Lausitzring in Germany on August 18-20.

Honda Rider Comments

Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 2 / 11th
“For me it was a good race and surely better than yesterday’s. Obviously another 11th place is not what I was looking for, but riding-wise we did improve. The weekend in itself has been challenging because of the changes we had to make, which made it a bit more difficult to find the feeling with the bike. Surely, 17th position on the grid was a bit of a handicap because it didn’t allow me to try and stay with the front guys, but at the beginning I was able to push hard on the front tire because we made some steps forward in that department. I made a little mistake halfway through the race when I was fighting with Lowes and van der Mark which cost me some tenths and, after some more warnings, I had to settle down a little and ride the bike home in 11th. We seem to have found a direction now so I hope things will improve some more at Lausitzring. I will now go to Japan for the Suzuka 8 Hours and it’ll be interesting to try that Fireblade, so I’m looking forward to this new experience!”
Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 2 / 15th
“At the beginning I was a little disappointed with the result as obviously I would have loved to stay closer to the guys ahead of me, but I learned so much this weekend. The team is amazing, they’re such great and smart guys! I struggled a little bit compared to yesterday’s race, especially with the rear end and that caused some vibration which caused me some problems. I had a couple of big moments and almost crashed, so I’m happy to have brought the bike back to the pit-box in one piece. In any case it’s been a wonderful experience and the fans were absolutely unreal.”
Pieter Breddels
“Stefan was quite aggressive at the beginning and was able to make some interesting moves early on and stayed with Lowes and van der Mark for a while. He made a tiny mistake but he was pushing very hard and had to let them go. His gap to the winner improved a little compared to yesterday, but we know we have still some work to do. While he will be racing at the 8 Hour, we will work hard and make sure to improve the package before his home race at Lausitzring. We will be rooting for him! Jake had a reasonable start but he soon started to experience some grip issues with the rear which caused some vibration and gave him a hard time. He couldn’t hold on to 14th place but nevertheless he did another great job today. We loved working with him and to get his feedback about the bike. I want to thank him for riding our bike and doing what he did with so many new things coming his way.”
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Jake Gagne

World Superbike and World Supersport 2017
Round 08: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – U.S.A

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
2Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
5Xavi Forés (BARNI Racing Team)
6Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
7Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
8Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
9Leandro Mercado (IODARacing)
10Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
11Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
12Román Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)
13Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
14Alex De Angelis (Pedercini Racing SC-Project)
15Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
4Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
5Xavi Forés (BARNI Racing Team)
6Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia)
7Leandro Mercado (IODARacing)
8Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
9Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
10Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
11Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
12Román Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)
13Alex De Angelis (Pedercini Racing SC-Project)
14Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
15Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

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