Ramona’s Jake Gagne wins AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race
Jake Gagne, a 19-year-old from Ramona, won the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Daytona SportBike race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Gagne won the wet race by 7.126 seconds. He got away quickly and made it a two-rider battle at the front, pulling away at the end of the 23-lap race.
“Right away, I knew how fast we could go from the earlier practice (in the wet),” Gagne said. “I got behind Dane (Westby) and we took off. I saw we had a couple of seconds. I figured I’d try to get past Dane and see what we could do—up the pace and see if I could still stay on the bike. We ended up pulling a little gap. I did a couple of fast laps to get the gap. We’ve had ups and downs this year but this really makes up for it.”
Gagne also earned the bonus point for leading the most laps at the Sept. 23 event.
The Ramona teen is part of the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team, which has now won in both Daytona SportBike and SuperSport. All four RoadRace Factory/Red Bull riders have earned the podium this season, the first year for the team.
Gagne has competed in over 300 races during his 11-year racing career. His racing record includes Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup World Champion 2010, AMA Pro Racing SuperSport competitor 2010, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2009, AMA Pro Racing SuperSport competitor 2009, Red Bull U.S. Rookies Cup 2008, and Amateur National Motocross Champion 2005.
More information on the team is at roadracefactory.com.
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