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.

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 manoeuvres, 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.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

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 tyre so it was hard to stay with the guys in front of me. I managed to stay calm, though, and to save the tyre 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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

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 behaviour 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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Obviously our qualifying position has had quite an impact in race one. Stefan wasn’t able to make the most of fresh tyres in the first part so that’s why he lost a lot of ground early on. Once the tyres 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 tyres. 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 tyre a bit too much – perfectly understandable – so he ended up missing some grip in the second half.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

USA Round

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

Sunny & Dry / 28

Saturday 8 Jul 2017, 21:48 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 54°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 35’14.812
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.202
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +5.798
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +17.574
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +21.159
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +23.016
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +31.986
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 8 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +32.933
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 7 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +35.963
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 6 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +36.912
11 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +44.961
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +45.203
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +45.901
14 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 2 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +46.043
15 Jake Gagne 45 USA 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +46.805
16 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +54.463
17 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +56.989
18 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1’06.108
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’11.766
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
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