Petrucci, Scholtz And Gagne Tight At The High As MotoAmerica Invades Street America
Danilo Petrucci, Mathew Scholtz And Jake Gagne Separated By Simply 13 Factors
As Sequence Lands In Wisconsin
IRVINE, CA (June 1, 2022) – Final 12 months when the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship rolled into Street America for its third spherical, Jake Gagne was driving a three-race win streak and preventing to realize again what was misplaced with a mechanical failure in race one at Street Atlanta. He arrived in Wisconsin six factors behind, however he left with two extra victories, his fourth and fifth in a row, and an 18-point lead within the championship. From there, Gagne would march to 12 extra wins, ending the season with 17 victories, and the 2021 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike title.
This 12 months, Gagne involves the picturesque Street America racetrack once more trailing within the championship and once more driving a three-race win streak after three rounds (and 6 races) as he tries to beat not solely a primary race mechanical DNF, but in addition a race-three crash.
The distinction? This 12 months Gagne trails two males: Italian Danilo Petrucci and South African Mathew Scholtz. And it’s MotoAmerica first timer and former MotoGP race winner Petrucci who leads the championship after beginning the season with three race wins in a row on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4 R. Petrucci is 4 factors forward of Scholtz and his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 (and their 5 second-place finishes) and 13 factors forward of Gagne and his Contemporary N Lean Progressive Yamaha YZF-R1.
Though nobody is aware of which means this may go, the four-mile, high-speed Street America once more guarantees to be a pivotal spherical within the title chase and once more a doable turning level within the 10-round, 20-race championship.
However that’s why we race.
Championship chief Petrucci involves Street America a bit overwhelmed up after his post-race-two crash at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway. After ending third in race two at VIR, Petrucci crashed within the high-speed flip one and suffered accidents that embody a damaged fibula (the non-weight-bearing bone) in his decrease proper leg. If it’s important to race injured, Street America isn’t a foul place to do it with its lengthy straightaways offering just a few locations to relaxation.
Street America may also be the third new circuit for Petrucci to study, however he’s confirmed a fast examine and the observe will enable the quick Ducati to stretch its legs.
Like Cal in “Talladega Nights,” Mathew Scholtz was already uninterested in ending second to Gagne. Now he’s additionally uninterested in ending second to Petrucci. Scholtz crossed the end line behind Petrucci in his three wins and was second to Gagne in two of the defending champion’s three wins. In 2021, Scholtz had 9 runner-up finishes.
Though Scholtz is ravenous for victory, consistency isn’t a foul factor and the one blemish on Scholtz’s 2022 scorecard is a crash in race two at Street Atlanta.
One other who wish to win quickly is Gagne’s new-for-2022 teammate Cameron Petersen. With three podiums in six races, the South African is fourth within the championship, 13 behind third-placed Gagne and 26 behind Petrucci.
The factors hole widens a bit after Petersen as the highest 4 have distanced themselves a bit from the pack within the championship. Fifth place is held by Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Hector Barbera with the Spaniard 15 factors behind Petersen and 41 behind Petrucci. Barbera’s season so far has been considered one of consistency as he’s the one rider within the prime 5 to have scored factors in all six races on his BMW M 1000 RR
The Suzukis are subsequent with Imaginative and prescient Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis seven factors behind Barbera and simply 4 factors forward of his Superbike rookie teammate Richie Escalante. Each have a DNF every and Lewis has a podium end to his credit score.
Two others to attain factors in each race this 12 months are Scheibe Racing’s Ashton Yates and Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing’s Travis Wyman with these two tied for eighth within the championship.
Tytlers Cycle’s PJ Jacobsen spherical out the highest 10 heading into Street America with the New Yorker lacking two races after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
Pre-Street America Superbike Notes
Jake Gagne received each Superbike races at Street America in 2021, the Contemporary N Lean Progressive Yamaha rider besting Ducati-mounted Loris Baz by 5.9 seconds in race one and Suzuki-mounted Cameron Petersen by 6.7 seconds in race two. Each of these had been margins of victory hardly ever seen at Street America, the location of extra shut races than another venue the MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike collection visits.
Along with successful each Superbike races a 12 months in the past, Gagne additionally certified on pole place with a lap-record-setting 2:10.529. Gagne additionally has the quickest race lap together with his finest of two:10.998 coming in race two final 12 months.
Who has essentially the most Superbike wins at Street America? That may be five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier with the present Moto2 World Championship racer chalking up 10 wins throughout his Superbike profession in Wisconsin. Beaubier’s 10 wins is one higher than Australian Mat Mladin and two greater than Beaubier’s former teammate Josh Hayes.
Talking of Hayes, together with his victory in race on of the Supersport class at VIR just a few weeks in the past, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion moved to inside two wins of Miguel Duhamel on the listing of all-time AMA street race wins (throughout all courses). Duhamel has 86 wins and Hayes’ VIR victory moved him to 84. Hayes isn’t racing at Street America, however there’s a very good likelihood we’ll see him in motion once more in 2022.
So far as producers go, Yamaha has essentially the most wins at Street America with 24 adopted by Suzuki with 18, Honda (12), Ducati (eight) and Kawasaki (4). Yamaha had received seven of eight races till Suzuki swept each races in 2019 with Toni Elias and Josh Herrin. In 2020, nevertheless, Beaubier and Yamaha chalked up three extra wins earlier than Fong gave Suzuki one other victory in race two within the June occasion. Final 12 months, Jake Gagne gave Yamaha two extra victories in America’s Dairyland.
Three-time World Champion Freddie Spencer received the first-ever AMA Superbike race at Street America in 1980.
13 years in the past, Larry Pegram received the Superbike race at Street America, giving Ducati its final Wisconsin win within the class. Pegram received a race-long battle with Mat Mladin in 2009 to take that victory. Pegram can be again in motion this weekend, however he received’t be Ducati mounted. Pegram will race a Tytlers Cycle BMW M 1000 RR Superbike at Street America and later within the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
If Danilo Petrucci scores a victory at Street America this weekend, he received’t be the primary Italian to take action. Nor will he be the primary Italian on an Italian motorbike to take action. Nor will he be the primary to win his debut Superbike race at Street America. All of these honors go to Alessandro Gramigni, who raced a Quick By Ferracci Ducati to the Superbike win at Street America in 1996.
Along with his two wins at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway two weeks in the past, Jake Gagne now has 20 profession AMA Superbike victories which places him right into a tie for seventh with former AMA Superbike and World Superbike Champion Fred Merkel. Eight extra victories will put him in a tie for sixth with former World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner Ben Spies.
Superbike Cup Replace: Ezra Beaubier earned his fourth Superbike Cup win of the season at VIR and now leads Jeremy Coffey by 22 factors, 100-78, within the class inside a category that competes in the identical races because the Medallia Superbikes.
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