MotoAmerica: Gagne Takes Provisional Pole In Superbike Q1 At Road Atlanta (Updated)

MotoAmerica: Gagne Takes Provisional Pole In Superbike Q1 At Road Atlanta (Updated)

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

Two-time and defending Champion Jake Gagne took provisional pole position during MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Qualifying One (Q1) Friday afternoon at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Gagne led the session with a lap time of 1:23.453 (just off his own All-Time Lap Record of 1:23.407) on his Progressive Fresh N Lean Yamaha YZF-R1, and with the potential of rain affecting Qualifying Two (Q2) on Saturday morning, Gagne’s performance could stand up to earn pole position.

Cameron Beaubier was second-best with a time of 1:24.381 on his new Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR, but that time was nearly one second slower than Gagne’s best.

Gagne’s teammate Cameron Petersen earned the third and final spot on the provisional front row with a 1:24.542.

Mathew Scholtz was fourth-fastest with a 1:24.666 on his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.

Beaubier’s teammate PJ Jacobsen ended up fifth at 1:24.972.

Reigning MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Josh Herrin made it onto the provisional second row with a sixth-quickest 1:25.085 on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R.

 

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More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

Gagne Over Beaubier On Day One At Road Atlanta

Defending MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion Gagne On Provisional Pole In Georgia

 

Jake Gagne (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy MotoAmerica.
Jake Gagne (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy MotoAmerica.

 

BRASELTON, GA (April 21, 2023) – There are still many question marks on the eve of the opening round of the 2023 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta but defending champion Jake Gagne showed that he’s not one of them.

Gagne earned provisional pole position for this weekend’s two Medallia Superbike races with the Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing rider lapping at 1:23.453 on his YZF-R1 on his fourth lap of the 40-minute session. Gagne’s best lap was .928 of a second faster than the returning Cameron Beaubier, the five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion lapping at 1:24.381 on the Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR in his return to the series after two years in the Moto2 World Championship.

Gagne’s teammate Cameron Petersen completed the provisional front row despite a crash, the South African lapping at 1:24.542 – just a tick over a second off Gagne’s best.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz completed the opening day of the Superbike season with the fourth fastest time with Beaubier’s teammate PJ Jacobsen fifth and the last rider to crack into the 1:24s. Josh Herrin, in his debut on the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R, was sixth at the end of day one and ahead of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Richie Escalante and Toni Elias.

Corey Alexander, third member of the Tytlers Cycle Racing team, was ninth with Wrench Motorcycles’ David Anthony rounding out the top 10.

“We started with a new tire and didn’t want to put another one on,” Gagne said. “Like always, the beginning of the race is important but that second half of the race and the tires being a new generation, nobody is going to know what to expect. We tried to get the best idea we could, and I had some good close calls in that session, enough so I know what’s going to happen after a couple of laps. Still, the second half of the race will be like who knows? Dunlop has done a good job, though, and I’m happy with the tires. It’s just a little different. How they wear is a little different, temperature and pressure is a little different. It’s kinda fun though, something new. We were so dialed in on the old stuff so it’s another challenge.”

Stock 1000 – Ezra!

It was a good day to be a Beaubier on Friday at Road Atlanta with Ezra Beaubier riding the Orange Cat Racing BMW M 1000 RR to the fastest lap in Stock 1000 Q1, besting Geoff May Racing’s Geoff May by a scant .029 of a second. Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim ended up third and just .211 of a second from first and .130 of a second ahead of Ezra Beaubier’s teammate Kaleb De Keyrel in his Stock 1000 debut.

Junior Cup – New Names

Altus Motorsports’ Alessandro Di Mario led the Junior Cup class qualifiers at Road Atlanta on Friday, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 rider leading Bicknese Racing’s Hayden Bicknese by .312 of a second. Bad Boys Racing’s Avery Dreher completed the top three on his Kawasaki.

Supersport – Great Scott

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott ripped off a 1:28.977 on his 16th lap of Q1 to earn provisional pole in the Supersport class. Scotts’ best was .526 of a second faster than Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Stefano Mesa, on a Kawasaki ZX-6R, with Michael Gilbert Racing’s Michael Gilbert ending up third in his return to the Supersport class on his Suzuki GSX-R750.

Four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes was fourth fastest and just ahead of Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Xavi Forés, the Spaniard racing for the first time at Road Atlanta since competing in a Suzuki Cup race here in 2004. Forés was fighting electrical issues that have carried over from the issue that put him out of the Daytona 200 early. Despite a limited number of laps, Forés was just 1.3 seconds off Scott’s pace.

REV’IT! Twins Cup – Landers Is Back

Rocco Landers didn’t have a ride at Daytona in March and for a while it looked like he wouldn’t have a ride for Road Atlanta, either. But things changed just a few days ago when Landers was brought on by the Rodio Racing – Powered By Robem Engineering to replace Benjamin Gloddy, who is still recovering from his Daytona injuries.

Landers took full advantage of the opportunity on Friday by earning provisional pole position for the weekend’s two REV’IT! Twins Cup races. Landers, who won nine Twins Cup races en route to the title in 2020, lapped at 1:31.907 to top Optimum Performance Motorsports’ Jody Barry. Defending class champion Blake Davis was third fastest on the N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto Yamaha, 1.3 seconds slower than Landers.

Landers’ teammate and REV’IT! Twins Cup Championship points leader Gus Rodio was fourth fastest.

Mission King Of The Baggers – Wyman’s New Lap Record

Screamin’ Eagle H-D’s Kyle Wyman took 1.248 seconds off his lap record from a year ago in Mission King Of The Baggers Q1 on Friday afternoon, the New Yorker ripping off a 1:30.941 to earn provisional pole position.

Wyman’s best was just .151 of a second better than Indian Motorcycle/Progressive/Mission Food’s Tyler O’Hara. Sac Mile/SDI Racing/Roland Sands/Indian’s Bobby Fong rounded out the provisional front row, .649 of a second slower than Wyman.

Vance & Hines/Mission/Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim and O’Hara’s teammate Jeremy McWilliams rounded out the top five.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Ducati:

2023 MotoAmerica Round 1 – Herrin and Forés in the Mix as MotoAmerica 2023 Kicks Off at Road Atlanta

Sunnyvale, Calif., April 21, 2023 — The 2023 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship roared into life today at the iconic Road Atlanta venue in Hall County, Georgia, with Josh Herrin (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC) settling in on the factory Panigale V4 R by taking sixth place behind the pacesetter.

Herrin completed a marathon of 29 laps across two sessions around the 2.5-mile venue, clocking a best time of 1:25.085 and putting him in the fight for the podium.

In the Supersport category, new rider Xavi Forés endured an electrical issue that limited his track time, but the Spanish veteran still clocked a time of 1:30.316 in Q1, 1.3-seconds from the pacesetter. That puts Forés in a provisional fifth place ahead of Saturday’s Q2 in his first race at Road Atlanta since 2004.

Superbike Qualifying 1 Results – Top 5

P1 – Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:23.453

P2 – Cameron Beaubier (BMW) 1:24.381

P3 – Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 1:24.542

P4 – Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 1:24.666

P5 – PJ Jacobsen (BMW) 1:24.972

P6 – Josh Herrin (Ducati) 1:25.085

 

Supersport Qualifying 1 Results – Top 5

P1 – Tyler Scott (Suzuki) 1:28.977

P2 – Stefano Mesa (Kawasaki) 1:29.503

P3 – Michael Gilbert (Suzuki) 1:29.630

P4 – Joshua Hayes (Yamaha) 1:30.029

P5 – Xavi Fores (Ducati) 1:30.316

 

Xavi Fores (12). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Ducati.
Xavi Fores (12). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Ducati.

 

Xavi Forés (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #12)

“Today was mixed sensations,” Forés said. “I feel really strong on the bike, but we had a few electrical issues and after two laps, we had to stop, which was a challenge that affected us in both sessions today. But we will get it sorted for tomorrow, so we are ready for qualifying and then it’s game on.”

 

Josh Herrin (2). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Ducati.
Josh Herrin (2). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Ducati.

 

Josh Herrin (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #2)

“I would have been happy with the position, but I think we need to keep chipping away and getting comfortable with it,” Herrin said. “The electronics are so different compared to anything I’ve ridden before, so it’s a little difficult to say what I need to go faster, but that feedback will come with more laps. We’re looking for more front-end feel under brakes, so that’s something to work on, but we’re feeling good for only our third day on the bike. The goal is the podium this week so that’s what we’re working towards.”

Race one of the 2023 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, April 22, at 2:10 pm EDT with race one for Superbike scheduled for 3:10 pm.

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