Jake Gagne Wins Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Misano
NEWS September 4, 2010
Misano Italy (September 4, 2010) – American Jake Gagne won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Misano on Saturday. The 17 year old Californian charged on the last lap to earn second place in the season’s final race and assure ownership of the 2010 season title.
Gagne, winner of four Rookies Cup races this season, started the final lap in fourth place while his only remaining title challenger Danny Kent led the race. Knowing that particular ending would have resulted in Kent winning the championship, Gagne rocketed up two positions to clinch his title.
The race saw as many as a half-dozen riders going for the lead in the late going. Gagne was a factor near the front for the entire contest, even though he could only qualify in tenth place due to machine difficulties.
“Friday didn’t go to plan,” said Jake after becoming the series champion. “Practice was good but we lost a crankshaft. It couldn’t be fixed in time so I had to go out on the spare bike. It isn’t the same, so the best I could do was tenth place. I was still confident for the race because I liked how my bike was working.”
Gagne, who won from deep in the field in the second Czech Republic race, was set on improving his starting position. Gagne led the championship by 11 points going into the race. He knew before the race that a third place finish or better would guarantee his crown.
“I got a good start and I was in the top five by the end of the first lap,” said the Ramona, California resident. “I knew I didn’t need to win, but I needed to ride a smart race. Danny Kent needed to win and have me find some trouble.”
After a wild race that saw plenty of passing and shuffling at the front, Gagne found himself in fourth place on the last lap. Gagne gained the needed spots to become Red Bull Rookies Cup champion as he moved into second place, just behind Kent. He set the fast lap of the race on the final time around the Misano circuit.
“My plan was to stick to the back of the lead group until the end. I wasn’t really worried about how the race was going. I knew I could outbrake the guys but I didn’t want to set myself up to get stuffed,” said Jake. “I didn’t want to make the passes until the right time. I got up into second with a few corners to go and that was it.”
Gagne’s final tally in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup was 170 points, six ahead of Kent. The talented teen was excited after wining his first Road Racing championship in just his third season on the pavement after a stellar career in youth motocross.
“We ended up pulling it off and I’m super stoked at how the year went,” concluded Gagne. “I want to thank everyone who helped me this year. It’s been fantastic.”
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