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Apr 13, 2019

​MotoAmerica Superbike: Jake Gagne Will Not Race Sunday After Crashing Saturday At COTA (Updated)

Jake Gagne (32) at speed during MotoAmerica Superbike Qualifying Practice at COTA. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Former World Superbike racer Jake Gagne will not take part in MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike Race Two on Sunday after crashing his Scheibe Racing BMW S1000RR at high speed in the pre-race warm-up ahead of Race One Saturday at Circuit of The Americas.

Under normal conditions, Gagne might have walked away from the fourth-gear lowside crash in Turn 10, but the former MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion is still recovering from a badly broken left leg break he suffered while off-road riding during the winter and Saturday’s crash aggravated that still-healing injury.

“I think the wind must have got me,” Gagne exclusively told “I was really just cruising at 80% leaning into that turn, and that wind was blowing really hard. And I was thinking about it. I knew which direction it was coming from and everything, but [the crash] came out of nowhere. I started losing the front. I did what I could, but it just went.

“I was sliding trying to keep my foot in the air and keep it out of the way, but I started tumbling through the gravel. My first thought in the gravel was like, ‘Sh--!’ Because it didn’t feel good.

“I just had surgery four months ago. I’ve been nursing the heck out of it. But they X-rayed me in the medical center, and everything looks OK. It’s still fractured. The fractures have never healed, but I think the hardware’s alright.”

Gagne said he didn’t think he had officially been declared unfit to ride by MotoAmerica, but he said it didn’t matter.

“There’s no way I can even put any weight on the thing,” said a dejected Gagne. “I feel like I’m back to square one.”

Gagne’s crash is even more painful considering he was one of the fastest riders during Qualifying Practice on Friday and his BMW was tied for having the fastest trap speed in the MotoAmerica Superbike field, and that’s all without Gagne pushing, he said.

“It was going good,” said Gagne. “The bike was working good here. It was fast. And still, I was being easy on it. I wasn’t pushing the limits. We had plenty of room to go. I was nursing this [leg injury] still. It pisses me off. That’s how it goes. It was my mistake. I’m just bummed for these guys [his team members] because we had a good bike.”

Update: Jake Gagne contacted after post time to say that after watching a video replay of his crash he now believes he hit water seeping up through cracks in the track. 

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