Round 05 Italy

  • Gagne Just Misses Out on Points as O’Halloran Crashes in Imola WorldSBK Race One

    The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team narrowly missed out on a points-scoring finish in Race One at Imola, as Jake Gagne came home in sixteenth place, while Jason O’Halloran suffered misfortune as a crash on lap two.


Race 1

Gagne Just Misses Out on Points as O’Halloran Crashes in Imola WorldSBK Race One

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy,  May 12, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team narrowly missed out on a points-scoring finish in Race One at Imola, as Jake Gagne came home in sixteenth place, while Jason O’Halloran – brought into the team to replace Leon Camier this weekend – suffered misfortune as a crash on lap two resulted in the Australian rider fracturing his right leg.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

Weather conditions were again warm and sunny at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari today, with the team continuing to work on improving bike settings ahead of the Superpole qualifying sessions and Race 1. In qualifying, O’Halloran and Gagne set the eighth and ninth quickest times in Superpole 1 which resulted in them lining up in P18 and P19 on the grid respectively for Race 1.

Both riders got a good start and were able to make up positions in the opening lap, however on the second lap O’Halloran suffered a crash at Turn 5 at the entry to the Villeneuve Chicane. The incident left O’Halloran with a fracture to his lower right leg and he was transported to Imola Hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile Gagne, was able to maintain a constant pace throughout the race and in the middle stages was involved in a six-way battle for a top twelve position. However, in the final laps Gagne lost touch with the group in front and he crossed the finish line in P16 and just outside the points in his first ever race at the circuit.

Gagne will have another chance to try and add to his points total in Race 2 at 1300 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow.

Comments

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Qualifying didn't really go the way we wanted to this morning, I made it tough for us by missing FP3 yesterday when I went down so that meant we started Race 1 a bit further back then I hoped. The race itself though went quite well, I got a good start and for the middle part of the race I had a strong pace, felt comfortable and was in the group of riders challenging for points. I faded just in the last couple of laps and obviously finishing in sixteenth is not where we want to be but for my first race here I was able to learn a lot over those nineteen laps. Now we can try some things with our setting in Warm Up and I'm sure we'll have a better race tomorrow.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

Today was a tough day for us but being in WorldSBK means we get a chance tomorrow in Race 2 to turn things around. For Jake, he was able to learn a lot in his first race here at Imola and now he and the team have some ideas to help him improve his pace, so he will resume his fight for more points tomorrow in Race 2. Unfortunately Jason had a crash early in Race 1 at the Villeneuve Chicane which saw him fracture his right lower leg, this is such a shame for him and we hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. I travelled with Jason to the hospital and despite the injury he's doing well and he impressed the team with his performance on the bike this weekend. Overall a tough day, but we'll be back showing our fighting spirit tomorrow.


Race 2

Gagne Retires from Imola Race 2 in Weekend to Forget for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy,  May 13, 2018

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team ended their Imola WorldSBK weekend with a retirement from Jake Gagne in Race 2 as the team endured a disappointing visit to the fabled Italian circuit.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne

After Gagne finished in P16 in Race 1 yesterday, the signs were looking good for an improved performance today as the American rider set the twelfth quickest time in this morning’s Warm Up session following a setting change to the bike overnight. Lining up in P18 on the grid, Gagne hoped to get a good start but a poor getaway caused his clutch to overheat, ruining his chance of making up places in the opening phase of the race.

Gagne pressed on valiantly, however five laps into the race his clutch issue became terminal with the rider returning to the pits and retiring for his first DNF of the season. After five rounds Gagne sits in eighteenth place in the championship standings with 17 points.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will now regroup and head to Donington Park in the UK in two weeks for round six of the 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship.

Comments

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

The day started really well, we made some good improvements with the bike and my riding style for Warm Up and I was able to set a really strong pace, much closer to the top guys than yesterday. I felt like I was on for a good race result, but unfortunately at the start I made a mistake and I slipped the clutch a lot which lost me some time and then during the first lap I could tell something wasn't right with the clutch. I was hoping after a couple of laps the clutch would recover but it continued to get worse so I had to retire. It's a real shame, especially given how strong I was in Warm Up but I've still learned a lot this weekend and we'll try turn it around in Donington.

Kervin Bos - Team Manager

The team worked really well to improve the setting for Jake after Race 1 yesterday and his pace in warm up was his best of the weekend so we were confident of a much improved result. Unfortunately a small mistake by Jake at the start of the race meant his clutch overheated and although he battled on, after 5 laps he had to retire. It wasn't the result we deserved but these things happen in racing so we'll learn from this experience and get ready for Donington in a couple of weeks.

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Results

World Superbike and World Supersport 2018

Round 05: Autodromo di Imola  – Italy

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
3 Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
4 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
5 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
6 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
16 Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Jason O'Halloran (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
3 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
4 Xavi Forés (Barni Racing Team)
5 Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
6 Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
14 Patrick Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
RT Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jules CLUZEL (NRT)
2 Federico CARICASULO (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
3 DE Raffaele ROSA (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
4 Sandro CORTESE (Kallio Racing)
5 Randy KRUMMENACHER (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
6 Anthony WEST (EAB antwest Racing)
7 Niki TUULI (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
14 Andrew IRWIN (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
16 Hannes SOOMER (Racedays)
24 Kyle SMITH (GEMAR Team Lorini)

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