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RoadRace Factory - Barber Race Weekend Recap

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RoadRace Factory  Day at the Races Episode 6 - Jake Gagne
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Jake Gagne
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Jake Gagne part 2
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Jake Gagne part 2
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - JD Beach
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - JD Beach

RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Tomas Puerta
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Tomas Puerta
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Daytona Anderson
RoadRace Factory Day at the Races Episode 6 - Daytona Anderson
July, 1st 2013 
Josef Buxton, 

In our on going efforts to reach out to our fans we are introducing a new race recap newsletter.  These new newsletters will contain incredible content from our race reports, to photos, to our video recaps.  We strive to bring you the most informative content possible and provide you with behind the scenes action like no other team in the series.  We thank you for your patronage and your enthusiasm.. Sit back and enjoy your newsletter.
- Danny Walker
Race Report
Setting the Pace

 

Coming off the incredible performances by all riders at Road America in Round 2 of the AMA Pro Series, the RoadRace Factory / Redbull team was looking to close the gap with the factory teams and improve their overall standings in the points.  The team rolled into Barber Motorsports Park on Thursday, poised to show the paddock what they could really do.  Team Manager, Danny Walker, with the assistance of his crew chiefs and mechanics, got immediately down to the business of set-up and data review from last year.  The riders began to work with their crews to ensure that come race day, not only were the bikes ready but the riders themselves were confident that everything was in place. 
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Everything proved to be just right as the bikes took to the track for Practice 1 on Friday.  Daytona Sportbike was the first group out and it was clear from the onset that Jake Gagne was on it.  JD Beach followed very closely in the time sheets and the spread among the top 6 was incredibly close.  Gagne was throwing down blazing fast laps and JD was keeping pace with the front runners, never dipping outside the top 6. 
 
By the end of qualifying, Jake was sitting in P3 and JD was in P6.  Both knew that they had the pace to improve during the races.  In Race 1 Jake Gagne got out early and was fighting for the lead.  JD was in involved with a great battle with 4 riders for 4th position.  By the time the checkers fell, Gagne crossed the line in a solid second place and JD fought to fifth place finish.

Race 2 and the riders were even more prepared.  The weather was the same as it was during race 1 and so minor set-up changes left both riders confident for podium positions.  Jake had suffered a nasty crash in morning warm-ups but his crew rebuilt the bike and Jake was feeling a little sore and bruised but no less ready to fight.  Green flag waved and Gagne got off on a flyer, as did JD.  Best starts of the year by both.  Jake was able to push through the pain and fight for lead for the first half of the race.  JD was on pace and with a penalty being given to Garrett Gerloff for a jump start, JD was in control for a podium.  By midway, the race had settled down and Gagne was again in a solid 2nd place.  JD was managing the 5 sec penalty and when they crossed the line for the last time, it was Jake in P2 and JD in P3.

Incredible showing for the DSB Guys!


Jake Gagne - 2nd in Series Points


"The weekend started off pretty decent with a 3rd in qualifying. Race 1 was good to get another podium with a second but I think I made the wrong tire choice for that day that hurt us a bit. I had a big crash Sunday morning that injured both my feet a bit but was still able to tough it out to another second which was a pretty good weekend."

JD Beach - 3nd in Series Points


"Barber was a really good but tough weekend for me. I really enjoy racing there but it is very hard for me to get up to speed. Scott Jensen and Danny Anderson worked very hard in the high heat to give me the best bike possible. Both races this weekend were hard fought ones and being able to leave Barber with another podium for the year is great. I can't wait to get to Mid-Ohio."
Motorcycle SuperStore SuperSport
In the Motorcycle SuperStore SuperSport Series, riders Tomy Puerta and newcomer Daytona Anderson were amped for the chance to hit the track and to show the massive crowd on hand what they had to offer.  The format this year is a little different than in recent years, and so getting out and onto the track and laying fast laps right off the line is critical.  When the grid can swell to 40 bikes, finding clean air and track means being out there first and staying out to the last minute.
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Tomy made his intentions clear in early qualifying he was out with the leaders and never dropped lower than the top 5.  Tomy kept upping his pace each session and in qualifying, made it to 5th spot on the grid.  Daytona Anderson, on his maiden flight with the team, was getting quicker lap by lap and adjusting to his new R6.  When it came to grid, he had made a valiant effort and qualified 27 in a deep field.  

Race 1 saw a brilliant start by Puerta as he jumped out to the front and immediately got into a great battle with Hayden Gilliam and Joe Roberts.  As the race continued, Joe Roberts cleared off and that left Tomy to battle with Nick McFadden and Hayden.  When the checkers fell Tomy was by himself in P2.  Daytona showed that he was adapting quickly to the bike and to the AMA SuperSport level of competition.  During his race, each lap was faster than the previous.  That is an impressive accomplishment that helped to advance several positions and finish in P22.

Race 2 and the conditions were a little less than favorable.  Running in the morning meant that the sun had yet to clear the clouds and the track temps were considerably lower than Race 1.  But as the green flag flew, Tomy got off like a rocket.  Determined to not let Joe Roberts to get out ahead Tomy and Hayden Gilliam got out front and began to set the pace.  By the midpoint in the race however, Roberts had gotten around both riders and left them to battle it out for the remaining podium positions.  It was another close one, but Hayden snipped Tomy for  P2 at the line by .003.  Daytona, meanwhile was continuing his education on the RoadRace Factory R6 and was involved in a good little scrap throughout his entire race.  He crossed the line in P21 with an improved Best Lap of over a second from Race 1.  

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Tomy Puerta - 1st in Series Points


"This was a good weekend for sure.  I am happy with the second but not so happy happy with the 3rd.  This is the 3rd time I've been beat at the line, so I think I need to find something to improve that."
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Daytona Anderson - 14th in Series Points
"First off, it was great being back on the bike after not riding since Daytona! Friday started off a little slow while shaking off the cobwebs but we kept getting quicker and quicker each lap. By the end of Sunday, the team and I definitely started clicking and I was moving up the field. Going into Mid-Ohio I'm really confident that the team and I will start out much quicker. My goal for Mid-Ohio is to be in the top ten, which is closer to where I know I belong. I can't thank the RoadRace Factory/ Red Bull team enough for all the support and especially Jamie for giving me the best bike in the paddock."

 


Wrap it Up
 - Danny Walker

"Overall, this was a fantastic weekend for the guys and the crew.  I'm super pumped at our DSB guys for their rides this weekend.  Gagne had that get-off in the morning but his crew and the team really pulled together and got him a bike he could ride.  Jake is tough as nails and he showed everyone what he's capable of.  JD, man he rode like a mad man on Sunday.  He managed that gap perfectly to bring it home in 3rd.  In DSB we're sitting P2 and P3 against the factory bikes so that's awesome!"

"In the SupeDW_portrSport class, Tomy is continuing to do his thing.  Yeah, it's a bummer he got clipped at the line again and we're going to focus on some things between now and Mid-Ohio to prevent that again.  He's sitting in the lead for the points so I can't say too much other than there's always room for improvement.  Daytona, he is coming along.  My focus on him this weekend was 'Always be Improving' and he did.  Lap after lap his times improved and we did some coaching on his technique and I believe it's going to start paying off."

"Mid-Ohio is coming up next, all I can say is that we'll be ready!"

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