Twelfth place for Gagne in race one at Losail

Jake Gagne has taken twelfth place in today’s 17-lap, opening race of the 2017 WorldSBK season finale at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, equalling his best finish in the series scored in his previous appearance at Magny-Cours a month ago. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team mate Davide Giugliano was forced to an early retirement at the end of lap six.

Gagne got a decent launch from eighteenth place on the grid and had a competitive opening lap, as he made his way past some rivals to enter the top-15. As the race progressed, the 24-year-old from San Diego battled with Guarnoni for eleventh position before consolidating twelth place in the latter stages of the encounter.

Giugliano got a good launch from the fifteenth slot of the grid and was able to move up two places as the World Superbike field entered turn one. The 28-year-old Italian then started to lose ground and was passed by his team mate Gagne, before making his way back to the pits and pull out of the race.

The final race of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will get underway tomorrow at 21:00 local time (GMT +3), with Giugliano and Gagne again 15th and 18th, respectively, on the starting grid.

Jake Gagne

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12th

We made a lot of progress this morning in free practice 3 and I was feeling really good, but unfortunately I made a few mistakes during Superpole 1 which didn’t allow me to get a good qualifying position for the race. I got off to a decent start and got in the mix at the back, then made a couple of passes but then there was some smoke coming off another rider’s bike, which kind of made us slow down and lose touch with the group ahead. On lap nine I started to lose some grip so I could not push as hard as I wanted in the remaining laps. Twelfth place is not too bad and we have some ideas on what to change on the bike for race two, so hopefully we’ll be able to go quicker tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Davide Giugliano

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DNF

My start was good and I got up to thirteenth place, but very soon I started having issues with shifting, and ultimately I had no choice but to return to the pits. The team is currently investigating to find out what happened, but surely it’s a shame for how things went in the race because we showed some progress in Superpole 1 and I was ready to put up a fight. Now we need to regroup and get ready for the last race, because we all need one good result to wrap up the season.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

It surely wasn’t the type of result we were expecting from today, and it has been a quite challenging race no doubt, but Jake did a great job and didn’t give up even when the grip went away. He was twelfth again but we’re quite confident he can be quicker tomorrow. It’s a real pity for Davide, because he got off to a great start and I think he could have battled for a top-10 finish, so hopefully things can turn in his favour tomorrow so he can show all his talent in the final race of the year.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Qatar Round

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2017, Round 13

Clear & Dry / 27

Friday 3 Nov 2017, 20:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33’41.021
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.944
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +10.405
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.052
5 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.339
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +15.587
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +16.789
8 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA 8 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +17.869
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR 7 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +18.494
10 Román Ramos 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +22.660
11 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +36.011
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +38.237
13 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA 3 Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki +49.659
14 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +50.079
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
NC Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
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