Extra, from a press launch issued by MotoAmerica:
Gagne Takes Race One At NJMP And Extends Championship Factors Lead
Gagne Wins, Petrucci Fourth As Lead Grows To 13 Factors. Race Two Tomorrow at NJMP
MILLVILLE, NJ (September 2022) – Contemporary N’ Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Jake Gagne took a giant step in direction of a second MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park with the defending champion stretching his benefit within the title chase from one level to 13 factors.
Gagne gained his eleventh Medallia Superbike race of the 12 months and the twenty eighth of his profession on a sunny afternoon in New Jersey. Together with his newest victory, Gagne moved right into a tie on the all-time AMA Superbike win record with former AMA and World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. Not unhealthy firm, particularly contemplating that Gagne didn’t win his first race till final 12 months.
Gagne bested his teammate Cameron Petersen by 4.88 seconds with Mathew Scholtz popping out second greatest in his battle with countryman Petersen, the Westby Racing rider ending lower than half a second behind Petersen in third place.
The rostrum end was Petersen’s tenth on the 12 months with Scholtz touchdown on the rostrum for a ninth time in 2022.
Gagne’s championship rival Danilo Petrucci was fourth on the Warhorse HSBK Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R, with the Italian ending off the rostrum for simply the second time all season. Petrucci got here into NJMP trailing Gagne by only a level, however his title chase took a success with Saturday’s outcome, and he now trails by 13 with three races remaining.
Pole sitter PJ Jacobsen was fifth after shedding out on his race-long battle with Petrucci, ending simply .051 of a second behind the Ducati on the end line.
Jacobsen’s teammate Hector Barbera was sixth, some 10 seconds behind his teammate and simply 1.2 seconds forward of Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim.
Aftercare Hayes Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates was eighth with Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis and Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Travis Wyman rounding out the highest 10.
There have been seven non-finishers, together with Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 Suzuki’s Richie Escalante together with his GSXR-1000 struggling a mechanical failure.
Superbike Race 1
- Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
- Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
- Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
- Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
- PJ Jacobsen (BMW)
- Hector Barbera (BMW)
- Hayden Gillim (Suzuki)
- Ashton Yates (BMW)
- Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
- Travis Wyman (BMW)
Jake Gagne – Winner
“It was an awesome day. It’s been a great weekend. We discovered quite a bit. Like Cam (Petersen) mentioned, me and Cam had been each doing a little issues with the bike yesterday we hadn’t tried all 12 months. We discovered some. We each went out this morning in Q2 actually pleased with the bike and pleased with the progress that we made. I acquired a greater begin the second time round. I may see Cam trying over into flip one to see if I used to be coming and threw it up in there. If he didn’t give me further room within the carousel in that first begin and acquired it up in there, once you’re hanging off the appropriate facet, I nearly don’t know the place he’s. Like he mentioned, we’ve acquired a job to do. Hats off to each of those guys. It’s been some time, I really feel like, since we’ve had a Yamaha one-two-three podium. That’s simply nice for the staff. That’s clearly nice for factors. It’s nice for Yamaha. It was a great day. We’ll see what occurs tomorrow. Appears to be like like we acquired some bizarre climate coming. We all know how this place is within the moist, so it may get fascinating tomorrow. Clearly, I do know all these different guys are actually robust within the moist, too. Danilo (Petrucci), PJ (Jacobsen), and Mat (Scholtz) and Cam (Petersen). So, will probably be an fascinating day tomorrow.”
Cameron Petersen – Second
“Yeah, it was a great race. Sort of like Matty (Scholtz) mentioned. Leaving the monitor yesterday, I wasn’t in the most effective head area. We had been a great distance off. I simply sort of was a bit of bit misplaced yesterday on the monitor, to be sincere. Got here in at present and the staff did an unbelievable job. It was a totally completely different motorbike. Straightaway, from the primary lap, I knew we had a motorcycle that was going to have the ability to win races this weekend. However there’s just a few races left within the sequence and the championship is tight on the prime. I’m right here to assist the staff out. Clearly, I wish to be successful races and all that, however there’s an even bigger image to all of this. Sadly, I’m simply not in the most effective place to go chase for a championship. So, the most effective factor I can do is simply assist the staff out and assist my boy out and go get the championship for the staff. So, I knew within the first begin I feel I used to be holding him up a bit of bit, and when he got here previous me across the carousel, I knew he had some tempo. So then, within the second half (of the red-flagged race), I acquired an awesome begin. I sort of seemed again earlier than we acquired on the brakes to see if he was shut sufficient. So, I seemed again and I noticed he was proper subsequent to me, so I acquired on the brakes a bit of bit early and simply let him go journey his race. Actually, I’m actually, actually, actually stoked with that journey. I’ve had some good rides this 12 months, however with the best way yesterday was going, I’m actually rattling stoked with that journey. I feel that’s the closest I’ve stayed to Jake (Gagne) all 12 months, pace-wise. Sadly, I ran out of steam a bit of bit in direction of the tip there. Simply attempting the whole lot. Like I mentioned, I’m most likely extra stoked with that journey greater than every other journey this 12 months. That one meant quite a bit to me getting second. I feel tomorrow goes to be sketchy circumstances, so we’ll see how that goes. Congrats to all of the boys up right here. They deserve it.”
Mathew Scholtz – Third
“I used to be following Cam (Petersen). I used to be extra driving the way you shouldn’t journey. I wished to place the hammer down for 3 or 4 laps and see if I may pull a little bit of a niche. Ended up shedding the entrance in a pair corners. I feel it was nook 9, I misplaced the entrance big-time. I believed I used to be taking place. Ran out large and Cam handed me. There was nothing I may do from there. Total, I’m fairly pleased with at present’s race. We struggled and had been fairly far again on Friday and we’ve simply been slowly including energy and taking out traction management. I feel we all know that the softer tire begins to go together with three or 4 laps to go. So, one thing to bear in mind for the second race tomorrow – if it’s dry.”