Gagne retires from Imola Race 2 in weekend to forget for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team ended their Imola WorldSBK weekend with a retirement from Jake Gagne in Race 2 as the team endured a disappointing visit to the fabled Italian circuit.

After Gagne finished in P16 in Race 1 yesterday, the signs were looking good for an improved performance today as the American rider set the twelfth quickest time in this morning’s Warm Up session following a setting change to the bike overnight. Lining up in P18 on the grid, Gagne hoped to get a good start but a poor getaway caused his clutch to overheat, ruining his chance of making up places in the opening phase of the race.

Gagne pressed on valiantly, however five laps into the race his clutch issue became terminal with the rider returning to the pits and retiring for his first DNF of the season. After five rounds Gagne sits in eighteenth place in the championship standings with 17 points.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will now regroup and head to Donington Park in the UK in two weeks for round six of the 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship.


Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

The day started really well, we made some good improvements with the bike and my riding style for Warm Up and I was able to set a really strong pace, much closer to the top guys than yesterday. I felt like I was on for a good race result, but unfortunately at the start I made a mistake and I slipped the clutch a lot which lost me some time and then during the first lap I could tell something wasn’t right with the clutch. I was hoping after a couple of laps the clutch would recover but it continued to get worse so I had to retire. It’s a real shame, especially given how strong I was in Warm Up but I’ve still learned a lot this weekend and we’ll try turn it around in Donington.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

The team worked really well to improve the setting for Jake after Race 1 yesterday and his pace in warm up was his best of the weekend so we were confident of a much improved result. Unfortunately a small mistake by Jake at the start of the race meant his clutch overheated and although he battled on, after 5 laps he had to retire. It wasn’t the result we deserved but these things happen in racing so we’ll learn from this experience and get ready for Donington in a couple of weeks.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Italian Round

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WorldSBK 2018, Round 5

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# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34’03.420
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Racing Ducati +4.019
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.530
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 13 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +14.159
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 11 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +15.479
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +16.162
7 Michael Rinaldi ITA 9 Racing Ducati +17.197
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 8 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +17.554
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 7 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +22.331
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +30.176
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +30.267
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +40.061
13 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 3 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +51.973
14 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +55.268
15 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’09.455
16 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1’43.833
NC Marco Melandri 33 ITA 0 Racing Ducati DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS 0 SPB Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
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