Puerta, Gagne to Lead RoadRace Factory Charge in 2014
NEWS November 20, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 20, 2013) – RoadRace Factory recently announced that they will move forward with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing superstars Tomas Puerta and Jake Gagne in 2014. The two will compete alongside each other in GoPro Daytona SportBike next season with hopes of bringing the tier-one race team multiples wins and possibly even a championship.
Since making his GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing debut in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport in 2009, Puerta has yet to be surmounted by the competition. Puerta placed third in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport East competition for three consecutive years beginning in 2010 and eventually won the overall SuperSport Championship last year, as well as the SuperSport West division to complete his most impressive season to date.
Puerta’s three victories in 2013 and overall domination of the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class indicated that it was time for the Colombian to graduate to the next stage in his career – GoPro Daytona SportBike. With RoadRace Factory backing him, Puerta will be an immediate threat to his competitors once the lights go green on March 15, 2014 for the 73rd running of the DAYTONA 200.
Puerta has all the intangibles to run a successful 2014 campaign, but where he lacks experience in competing at the level of GoPro Daytona SportBike, Jake Gagne does not.
Gagne enters his third full season of competing on the GoPro Daytona SportBike stage. Gagne’s most notable statistic is his jump from finishing 11th in the standings in his debut season in 2012 to finishing runner-up behind Cameron Beaubier in 2013 with a remarkable second-place effort in the final point standings. This year, Beaubier’s graduation to the elite National Guard SuperBike ranks opens the door for Gagne and many believe it’s his title to lose at this point.
Gagne was Beaubier’s only threat in 2013 as he stole a victory from the champion on Race 2 at Road America early in the year. Gagne is 20 years young and looks to be in his prime heading into the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Both Puerta and Gagne make up a dynamic duo in GoPro Daytona SportBike and the main question heading into next season may not be: which rider will win the championship? But rather a more specified question such as: which RoadRace Factory rider will claim the coveted No. 1 plate?
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