Gagne Heads Into Road America On Top

#32 Jake Gagne, #11 Matthew Scholtz, and #50 Bobby Fong in Super Bike. [Roy Schmidt Photo]

Jake Gagne, Matthew Scholtz and Bobby Fong at Road America. [Roy Schmidt Photo]

After a mechanical failure in the opening race of the 2021 MotoAmerica season at Road Atlanta, Jake Gagne has been unstoppable.

The day following that DNF, Gagne rode his Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha to the win, surprisingly the first of his MotoAmerica HONOS Suberbike career and first since 2015 in Superstock 1000.

A sweep of the next two races at VIR made it three victories in a row and has 28 year-old Gagne on top of his game and setting the pace in a the early stages of the championship run.

Gagne has been running at the front with eight runner-up finishes in the series last season, but everything is coming together for him and the team this season.

Confidence from returning on familiar equipment from last year and a change in approach seem to be working out well for the California rider as he talked about on the MotoAmerica podcast “Off Track with Carruthers And Bice”.

“I’ve worked on my riding a lot last year and coming into this year and it’s noticeably different for me and way I ride that R1,” explained Gagne. “I wanted to smooth out my riding a lot more, work on technique and work on a lot of things, not just push my head down and haul ass. In the past my riding style has been just kind of hanging it out and just try to get everything that I can out of whatever I’m riding. Over the years with experience getting older and getting more laps, more races, I’m starting to learn how to make everything happen a little more easier, how to be more present, work a little more on how I’m riding the motorcycle.”

With a second, third, two fourth place finishes and a fifth place run in the five rounds at Road America last season, Gagne should be expected to run at the front of the pack. But with riders Bobby Fong, a winner at RA last year, and Mathew Scholtz, a winner at Atlanta this season, along with Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin and former Superbike World Championship rider Loris Baz joining the mix, Jake may have a challenge ahead of him as the series comes to the Wisconsin track this weekend.

Round 3 of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on June 11- 13, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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