The US Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has come to a close today at the Laguna Seca Raceway, with Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Stefan Bradl and Jake Gagne finishing in 11th and 14th place respectively, at the end of the second 25-lap WorldSBK encounter of the weekend.

Bradl had an exciting first third of the race: from 17th place on the grid, the 27-year-old German managed to make his way up to 10th after only eight laps. He was then involved in a three-way battle for ninth with Lowes and van der Mark and eventually rode a lonely last part of the race in 11th position all the way up to the chequered flag.

Jake Gagne rode in the top-15 for the majority of the race and well defended his 14th place – despite some rear-grip issues – until two laps to go, when he was passed by Krummenacher. The 23-year-old completed his first World Superbike round with yet another 15th place and one more point in the standings.

World Superbike will now enjoy a five-weekend break before the next round, which takes place at the Lausitzring in Germany on August 18-20.

Stefan Bradl

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11th

For me it was a good race and surely better than yesterday’s. Obviously another 11th place is not what I was looking for, but riding-wise we did improve. The weekend in itself has been challenging because of the changes we had to make, which made it a bit more difficult to find the feeling with the bike. Surely, 17th position on the grid was a bit of a handicap because it didn’t allow me to try and stay with the front guys, but at the beginning I was able to push hard on the front tyre because we made some steps forward in that department. I made a little mistake halfway through the race when I was fighting with Lowes and van der Mark which cost me some tenths and, after some more warnings, I had to settle down a little and ride the bike home in 11th. We seem to have found a direction now so I hope things will improve some more at Lausitzring. I will now go to Japan for the Suzuka 8 Hours and it’ll be interesting to try that Fireblade, so I’m looking forward to this new experience!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

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15th

At the beginning I was a little disappointed with the result as obviously I would have loved to stay closer to the guys ahead of me, but I learned so much this weekend. The team is amazing, they’re such great and smart guys! I struggled a little bit compared to yesterday’s race, especially with the rear end and that caused some vibration which caused me some problems. I had a couple of big moments and almost crashed, so I’m happy to have brought the bike back to the pit-box in one piece. In any case it’s been a wonderful experience and the fans were absolutely unreal.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Stefan was quite aggressive at the beginning and was able to make some interesting moves early on and stayed with Lowes and van der Mark for a while. He made a tiny mistake but he was pushing very hard and had to let them go. His gap to the winner improved a little compared to yesterday, but we know we have still some work to do. While he will be racing at the 8 Hour, we will work hard and make sure to improve the package before his home race at Lausitzring. We will be rooting for him! Jake had a reasonable start but he soon started to experience some grip issues with the rear which caused some vibration and gave him a hard time. He couldn’t hold on to 14th place but nevertheless he did another great job today. We loved working with him and to get his feedback about the bike. I want to thank him for riding our bike and doing what he did with so many new things coming his way.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
USA Round

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

WorldSBK 2017, Round 8

Sunny & Dry / 21
Sunday 9 Jul 2017, 21:48 UTC
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 35'03.414
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +2.887
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.847
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +17.159
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +22.741
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +26.377
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +28.475
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +29.718
9 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +33.044
10 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 6 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +33.541
11 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +36.756
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +43.031
13 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 3 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +47.306
14 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 2 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +50.488
15 Jake Gagne 45 USA 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +51.093
16 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +59.197
17 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki + 1'00.571
NC Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
NC Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
Sunny & Dry / 28
Saturday 8 Jul 2017, 21:48 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 54°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 35'14.812
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.202
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +5.798
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +17.574
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +21.159
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +23.016
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +31.986
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 8 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +32.933
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 7 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +35.963
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 6 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +36.912
11 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +44.961
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +45.203
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +45.901
14 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 2 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +46.043
15 Jake Gagne 45 USA 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +46.805
16 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +54.463
17 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +56.989
18 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1'06.108
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'11.766
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
Sunny & Dry / 32
Saturday 8 Jul 2017, 19:25 UTC
  • Air Temp: 32°C
  • Humidity: 32%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'22.476
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.090
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.407
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.601
5 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.766
6 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +0.979
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.007
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.077
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.090
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.241
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.313
12 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1.321
13 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +
14 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
16 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
17 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
18 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
19 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
20 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
Sunny & Dry / 24
Friday 7 Jul 2017, 23:11 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 48%
  • Ground Temp: 52°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'23.425
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.011
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.353
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.673
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.817
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.828
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.858
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.905
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.963
10 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1.201
11 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.245
12 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.288
13 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.330
14 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.503
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1'854
16 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.996
17 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.193
18 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.410
19 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +2.584
20 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.023
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.411
Rider Standings
Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 341 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 282 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 226 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 189 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 148 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 132 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 129 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 99 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 94 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 89 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 73 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 66 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 64 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
14 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 63 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 46 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 32 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 30 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
19 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
20 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
21 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 14 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 12 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 8 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Jake DIXON GBR 7
25 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
26 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
27 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda