MotoAmerica: Gagne Edges Out Herrin In Superbike FP1 At COTA

MotoAmerica: Gagne Edges Out Herrin In Superbike FP1 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 2023 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion Jake Gagne threw down a lap time late in Free Practice One to jump to the top of the order Friday at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas. Riding his Fresh N Lean Progressive Insurance Yamaha YZF-R1, Gagne covered the 3.4-mile course in 2:10.579.

That time put Gagne just ahead of Josh Herrin, who led a lot of the session on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R but ended up second-best with a time of 2:10.842.

Gagne, Herrin, and Gagne’s teammate JD Beach all tested at COTA in August.

PJ Jacobsen was third in the session with a 2:11.381 on his Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Richie Escalante (2:11.942) and Brandon Paasch (2:12.461) were fourth and fifth, respectively.



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