RoadRace Factory Experiences The Ups and Downs of Racing Aboard

Qualifying action today from Silverstone got underway under rainy conditions.  After an impressive showing in free practice Jake Gagne was enthusiastic about his prospects for grabbing a solid starting position.  Tomas Puerta was confident that his crew had solved the problems that were plaguing during the free practice sessions.  The rain wasn’t too much of an issue for the riders as Jake has won races and claimed the 2014 AMA Daytona Sportbike Championship in the rain and Tomas is known for his wet weather skills.   

Qualifying proceeded in wet conditions and Jake Gagne had been circulating up in P2 as the session was red flagged and halted.  Tomas Puerta was fighting rear grip issues but was able to progress through the pack.

Upon the restart of qualifying Jake had a moment on his second lap out. Unfortunately he re-injured his shoulder.  The initial injury occurred during his final race in the AMA season at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  After completing the sighting and warm-up laps, the injury was too severe and Jake had to sit out the race and he will his reevaluate his shoulder in the morning.

Tomas Puerta gridded up for the sprint race and was able to ride strong all race long.  His apparent struggles behind him, he was able to turn faster and faster laps as the race progressed, eventually crossing the line in P20.

Tomas Puerta during the afternoon Sprint Race
Tomas Puerta during the afternoon Sprint Race


Adam Sinclair