Top Ten Extravaganza for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull In Atlanta
NEWS April 23, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull:
Braselton, Ga. (April 23, 2012) - Jake Gagne earned fifth for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull in Sunday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road Atlanta on Sunday and teammate J.D. Beach joined him with seventh place in just the team's second race weekend. In AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, Hayden Gillim was third and Tomas Puerta took seventh, so all four riders were seventh or better for the brand new team.
Jake Gagne challenged on Saturday but crashed while contending. He was able to get his first GoPro Daytona SportBike top five on Sunday with a strong run. The former Red Bull Rookies Cup champ started on the front row and had nearly five seconds on sixth place at the checkered flag.
"We ended up qualifying well since it was the first time I'd been there since '08. I was pumped to be on the front row. That was really cool," said Gagne. "My start on Saturday wasn't so good but I picked it up and dropped some time. Right when I got back up to that group, I made a little mistake and went down. It was pretty big and I was a little sore but I didn't really hurt anything. I got a better start on Sunday and I was up front and felt comfortable. The last three or four laps, I had a few moments and backed it off. After crashing, I felt I needed to get the fifth place and that would be really good. I'm happy with our start. The whole team is awesome and we're having a lot of fun. I'm excited. We'll keep learning and improving."
J.D. Beach took seventh in race two after ninth on Saturday. Beach built momentum over the weekend and found a quicker pace on Sunday.
"We did a lot better than we have all weekend on Sunday and consistently did faster laps. We got the bike working better and I felt better in the second race. We learned a lot," said Beach. "Next time, I will qualify better and try to get a good start and run with the front group. I had a good battle with two other riders and tried a move in the last turn but couldn't make it stick. It was my best finish so far so let's keep moving forward."
After fighting for third on Saturday, Hayden Gillim saw his shot at the podium end on Sunday when the race was red-flagged, which nullified his planned late-race charge. "We used the medium tire today and stiffened up the suspension and it was improved," said Gillim. "I was in a battle for third and the red flag ended it before I wanted. We were trying to make a run for the podium and just came up a little short."
Tomy Puerta took seventh on Sunday. "It wasn't my favorite weekend and we have some things we are working on that will for sure be corrected for Infineon," said Puerta. "To get two top tens was important. I wanted to fight at the front but it wasn't possible this time. We are working hard and learning a lot. We're a new team for 2012 and I think we are going to be way better at Infineon and I want to fight for the podium in 15 days."
"The weekend was a typical race weekend with some dramas and challenges along the way. I can only hope things keep coming together like they are," said RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Danny Walker. "Our guys are gaining confidence and learning and improving and I see this weekend as a win for us. We have some guys in a hurry to get on the podium. I'm happy for us and all the hard work the crew has put in. We have two guys in the top ten in DSB already and that's amazing to me. Our SuperSport guys did their fastest laps in the second race, so you can tell we are making progress."
The Infineon Raceway round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series is May 4-6.