MotoAmerica Laguna Seca J2: Jake Gagne crushes race 1 despite Danilo Petrucci’s chrome Ducati!

MotoAmerica Superbike competitors meet this weekend at the Laguna Seca WeatherTech Raceway circuit in California for the 6th of 10 events that includes the American Championship. A place that earned us great strides last year …

Danilo Petrucci (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC) leads the overall standings there, which is already a feat considering the hegemony demonstrated last year by Jake Gagne (Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing), winner of 17 of the 20 races! But this year, the Italian replacing Loris Baz the official Ducati in the US resists very well and currently has an 11-point lead over the Californian, while the two riders have each had their share of mechanical problems.

In a circuit that, for once, he knows, although his last participation dates back to 10 years ago (2012 and 2013), Danilo Petrucci therefore intended to try to reconnect with a victory he did not know from Road Atlanta.

Danilo Petrucci : “ It’s a clue I know. That was 10 years ago, but at least I know where the twists are. I hope (the Ducati Panigale V4 R) works a little better than here (Ridge Motorsports Park). We managed to do our best and now the championship is tied, but we are only halfway there. We don’t have to think about the championship, we have to win again because we haven’t won in a long time. »

The first session, however, did not turn out to be an advantage PetruxJake wins dominant in 1’23.935 while Danilo Petrucci he settled for 5th place, almost a second behind the leader.

During the first 40 minutes of classification, Danilo Petrucci almost equaled the best time of FP1 but was 2 tenths of a second from the inaccessible Jake Gagne who imposed a 1’23.707.

This morning, during the second classification, the Ducati rider clocked 1’23.423, five hundredths ahead of Jake Gagne. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to win pole position since Mathew Scholtz (Westby Racing), Danilo Petrucci’s “best friend,” snatched the lead on the handlebars of his Yamaha.

With a Danilo Petrucci stuck between his South African enemy and a Jake Gagne who didn’t make a final run in Q2, the 20-lap race was going to be interesting, while for the occasion the Warhorse HSBK team will run Racing Ducati NYC. with a special chrome livery, desired by the sponsor of this race, Medal …

From the start, Jake Gagne overtook Danilo Petrucci while Mathew Scholtz retains the advantage of its pole position.

At the end of the first lap, Jake Gagne takes the lead over his teammate Cameron Petersen while Mathew Scholtz 4th retrograde

On the next lap, the spearhead of Yamaha has a second advantage over the 2nd official R1: the question seems resolved … It is!

The gap continues to widen, albeit at a slower pace. In the 5th round, the duo precedes Petersen-Petrucci of 2.5 seconds, therefore detached ahead Richard Escalante (Vision Wheel M4 Ecstar Suzuki) then the BMWHector Barbera (Tytlers Cycle Racing).

Since then, the Californian manages his lead by driving a second slower than his best lap in the race at 1,23,768. The sequel offered almost no suspense, alone Mathew Scholtz taking the best of Hector Barbera for the 5th place modifying a classification already established 15 laps before …

only point of interest, Danilo Petrucci tried to bend Cameron Petersen to the corkscrew on the last lap. In vain.

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