Gagne broke another track record to stay perfect in qualifying so far this season. The Californian then went on to get a great start from pole position and grabbed the holeshot. He set a blistering pace, including the fastest lap of the race on Lap 2, and built a comfortable gap on the competition to cross the line with nearly a six-second lead. Gagne’s dominant victory moves him into the top spot in the championship with a nine-point lead.
After a tough Friday, Herrin made progress and qualified second behind his teammate. He then slotted in behind Gagne at the start but had another multi-rider battle on his hands and was shuffled back to third. The 2013 Superbike Champion tried to hold onto the final podium spot, exchanging positions for a couple of laps but ultimately found himself fifth. Herrin continued to fight, holding off the competition to end the day with a top-five finish.
Richard Stanboli (Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha Racing Team Manager): “I was happy to see both of our riders put our R1s first and second on the grid. Jake did what was expected and led every lap for the win. Josh found the pace in qualifying, but we still need to improve his race pace. We have a lot of ideas for tomorrow’s (June 13) morning warmup, and we will push hard to improve both bikes for Jake and Josh. We are also looking forward to seeing all of the fans that came to see us race. The spectator turnout here at Road America has been amazing!”
Jake Gagne: “It’s great to get a win at Road America! This bike has been on rails all weekend. It was definitely a hot one here, which was different than in the years past, but we learned a lot and we’ll keep the momentum rolling!”
Josh Herrin: “We didn’t get the finish we wanted but I know we have the pace to be at the front. We just need to do some more fine-tuning, and we will be there soon!”
credit: Yamaha Racing
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