MotoAmerica: Gagne Breaks Lap Record, Takes Superbike Pole At COTA

MotoAmerica: Gagne Breaks Lap Record, Takes Superbike Pole At COTA

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

 

Over the last several years, Suzuki has been utilizing the state of the art technology derived from MotoGP racing in the development of new motorcycles. The benefits now expand well beyond engine and chassis refinements to the development of a new high-performance motorcycle oil line: ECSTAR Suzuki Genuine Oil.

 

 

Newly crowned three-time MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Jake Gagne broke the lap record and captured pole position during Qualifying Two (Q2) Saturday morning at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas. Riding his Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha YZF-R1, Gagne lapped the 3.4-mile course in 2:08.169, which eclipsed Roger Hayden’s All-Time MotoAmerica Superbike Lap Record of 2:08.184 from 2017.

Josh Herrin was the best of the rest with a 2:08.823 on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R, and Richie Escalante earned the third and final spot on the front row with a 2:08.914 on his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

Row Two starters include PJ Jacobsen (2:09.094) on his Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR, Gagne’s teammate JD Beach (2:09.134), and Escalante’s teammate Brandon Paasch (2:09.852).

 

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