Editorial Be aware: Mathew Scholtz didn’t begin Race Two. He mentioned that he, collectively along with his Westby Racing workforce, determined that he ought to sit the race out in order that his left wrist, injured in a crash on Saturday, might begin to heal.
Extra, from a press launch issued by MotoAmerica:
Gagne Crashes, Petrucci Takes Over At Brainerd Worldwide Raceway
Excessive Drama In MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Race Two In Minnesota
BRAINERD, MN (July 31, 2022) – Simply when all the things was rolling alongside properly for Jake Gagne and he seemed to be on his approach to a ninth MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike win of the 12 months, his Recent N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing YZF-R1 was cartwheeling down the racetrack at Brainerd Worldwide Raceway, destroying itself increasingly more with each bounce. Fortuitously, Gagne escaped unhurt, however his championship factors lead took successful.
Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Danilo Petrucci was the rider to choose up the items when Gagne crashed, and the Italian reaped the rewards for it. Along with his fourth win of the season, and his first since Highway Atlanta in April, Petrucci strikes again to the highest of the championship level standings, 253-240, with three rounds and 6 races remaining.
Petrucci and Gagne’s teammate Cameron Petersen did a greater job of placing in fast laps early to maintain the stress on Gagne and, regardless of a mistake when he was inside two seconds, Petrucci was preserving that stress on when the defending champion crashed. Sarcastically, Petrucci mentioned after the race that he was about to throw within the towel on making an attempt to maintain the tempo on the exact same lap that Gagne crashed.
With Gagne down and out, Petrucci completed 7.1 seconds forward of Petersen with the South African incomes his eleventh podium of the 12 months and his seventh in a row.
PJ Jacobsen matched his greatest end of the 12 months along with his second podium of the season on the Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR, the New Yorker ending third some 10 seconds behind Petersen.
Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim was fifth on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. 3.6 seconds forward of Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Hector Barbera. Aftercare Hayes Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates continued his quietly spectacular season with sixth at Brainerd, eight seconds forward of Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis.
Cycle World/Octane/Chuckwalla Racing’s Andrew Lee put in a strong journey because the substitute for the injured Michael Gilbert to complete eighth.
Altus Motorsports Brandon Paasch and Triple M’s Jeremy Coffey rounded out the highest 10 finishers.
Along with Gagne, Max Flinders and Ezra Beaubier additionally crashed out of the race. Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, in the meantime, opted to not race with the wrist damage he suffered on Saturday morning.
Petrucci’s championship lead is now 13 factors of Gagne, 253-240. Petersen is third with 215 factors with Scholtz fourth on 183 factors. Barbera stays fifth with 133 factors.
Superbike Race 2
- Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
- Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
- PJ Jacobsen (BMW)
- Hayden Gillim (Suzuki)
- Hector Barbera (BMW)
- Ashton Yates (BMW)
- Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
- Andrew Lee (Suzuki)
- Brandon Paasch (Suzuki)
- Jeremy Coffey (Suzuki)
Danilo Petrucci – Winner
“Yesterday was a tricky one. I attempted the primary lap to remain as shut as I can to Jake (Gagne), however I nearly crashed, like within the apply. I used to be in a position to maintain the bike however with my ft. I couldn’t flip right here, and I ran large within the nook later, so additionally Cam (Petersen) got here previous me. Then I used to be in a position to move him once more. I attempted to push, however similar mistake as yesterday. Hit the impartial on the penultimate nook after which Jake made a niche. Then I begin to push. I mentioned, ‘I’ve nothing to lose. I’m behind him within the championship, behind him on this race. So, I have to attempt.’ The second I mentioned, ‘okay, he went away once more.’ Sadly, he crashed. I’m sorry for him. I hope he’s okay. That’s racing. The championship is unquestionably nonetheless open. I should be true. Jake on this second is a bit sooner than us, however on the tempo, I believe he was a little bit of tenths sooner. Then we made a large change on the bike from yesterday, and we didn’t have the possibility to do this morning. As I advised you, I’ve nothing to lose at this level. I by no means take a look at the factors. I do know Jake is quicker, however I would like to remain in entrance of him as a result of we can’t make any calculation with him. He’s all the time first, and it’s essential beat him. Congrats to those guys and due to my workforce.”
Cameron Petersen – Second Place
“Yeah, it was a tricky one immediately. It was for certain higher in these first couple laps. I felt like each mine and Danilo’s (Petrucci) tempo was somewhat bit higher these first few laps. However I simply didn’t have the identical really feel. I believe on common I used to be nearly a second a lap slower. After the tires went off, I believe I used to be on common near a second a lap slower than what I used to be doing yesterday. So, only a huge battle immediately. I hit a pair false neutrals going into flip 9, which sort of harm me. Then I simply began driving tight and simply wasn’t driving like I used to be yesterday. So, fairly upset with the best way I rode immediately. It’s nothing that the workforce did, nothing with the bike. It was simply just about all on me. Congrats to Danilo on one other win. Bummer my teammate crashed out on that one. He clearly had the hole and sort of appeared like he had it within the bag, however that’s racing. Wanting ahead to Pittsburgh. It ought to be good.”
PJ Jacobsen – Third Place
“We did some electronics with the chassis final night time, so we made some enhancements from yesterday. That is my first time right here racing. The bike was working rather a lot higher in the course of the starting of the race. I used to be ready to stick with them for just a few laps. After which I noticed Cam (Petersen), however he had a distinct tempo. I simply tried to remain there after which I acquired into my very own rhythm, and I used to be making an attempt to only preserve what I might. So, that’s actually all I might do immediately with the BMW. Hopefully, we are able to simply carry on bettering and possibly get some extra assist and stuff like that to get a greater course to get extra in the direction of the entrance. As soon as the tire sort of goes off, the BMW may be very aggressive. It looks as if it doesn’t prefer it. The factor is a monster to journey round. Simply attempt to calm it down somewhat bit. This race immediately, it felt just like the bike was a bit calmer for me, so it was simpler to journey. We nonetheless must make a whole lot of steps to have the ability to go within the course of those guys to even keep extra laps earlier than we fall off and simply hold making steps like that. That’s actually one of the best we might do. I believe the workforce is doing a superb job for his or her first 12 months within the sequence.”
Extra, from a press launch issued by Ducati North America:
Danilo Petrucci Regains Factors Lead at Brainerd
Danilo Petrucci and Ducati lead the championship after Brainerd
Sunnyvale, Calif., July 31, 2022 – Typically you lose, generally you win, and for Danilo Petrucci and the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC workforce, it was actually a case of the latter at Brainerd Worldwide Raceway.
The two.5-mile Minnesota venue noticed Petrucci undergo a quick crash in qualifying, regrouping to take second in race one behind Yamaha’s then-championship chief, Jake Gage.
However it was all turned on its facet in race two as Gagne, who had constructed up a possible race-winning lead solely to drop the manufacturing unit Yamaha for an additional DNF. Petrucci thus swept by way of for his fourth race win of the 2022 Medallia MotoAmerica Superbike Championship and moved again into the title lead.
It’s now all of the play with 150 potential factors on provide and three rounds remaining within the sequence, beginning in Pittsburgh in two weeks’ time.
2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
P1 – Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 253
P2 – Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 240
P3 – Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 215
P4 – Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 183
P5 – Hector Barbera (BMW) 133
Danilo Petrucci (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC – #9): “It was a weekend of ups and downs,” mentioned Petrucci. “Yesterday was one of many hardest days. We struggled rather a lot within the race as a result of I crashed fairly laborious in qualifying and acquired just a few accidents, however immediately, luck was on our facet. Sadly, Jake (Gagne) crashed, and we might take the victory. We made a large change yesterday on the entrance finish, and the bike was working significantly better. Now we’re main the factors, however we’re not fascinated with the championship. We should keep in entrance of Jake, or no less than put as a lot stress as doable on him. Thanks very a lot to my workforce.”