The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has completed the first day of action for the eighth round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, which is currently underway at the Laguna Seca raceway in California. Stefan Bradl and new recruit for the American event, Jake Gagne, were 14th and 17th respectively in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions and will therefore start tomorrow’s qualifying from Superpole 1.

Bradl got an OK start to the round by completing the first session in ninth place on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine. In the early minutes of FP2, however, the 27-year-old German tucked the front-end of the bike entering the Corkscrew; he then slid onto the gravel side by side with his motorcycle and ended up back onto the track. After the crash, red flags were deployed and not long after the restart – given the limited damage taken by the bike – Stefan was able to return to the track. Bradl could not improve on his morning’s lap-time and therefore ended the day in 14th place.

Bradl’s team mate for the US Round, Jake Gagne, made his much-anticipated World Superbike debut and used the majority of the track time getting to grips with the WorldSBK-spec version of the Fireblade as well as the Pirelli tyres. The 23-year-old American steadily improved lap after lap throughout the two sessions but he also ended up crashing unhurt – in the final minutes of the Free practice 2 – at the Corkscrew, with the dynamic of the accident that it was almost identical to the one occurred to his team mate earlier on.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

14th

It was obviously not an easy day at the office. This morning we started off pretty well: I really love this place and enjoy riding around here for the first time after a few years! We did OK in FP1 but we were having some issues on corner entry and eventually we found out what we needed to do. We made some changes for the afternoon session but I wasn’t having the same feeling with the bike as before, so we tried to do some more tweaks. Tomorrow morning we will start back with the FP1 configuration and let’s see what the progress will be tomorrow. This afternoon’s crash was just a small one and didn’t really cost us any track-time, because there was very little damage to the bike. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow!

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Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

17th

It was a good day! There was a lot to learn and a lot of things to figure out with tyres, electronics, suspensions and so on. Everything was kind of new to me, but we made some progress outing after outing. Unfortunately I had a small crash towards the end of FP2 but I was pushing trying to find the limit and the feeling for the front tyre. Again, I’m happy: the team is great and super supportive and they are all trying to help me move forward. So the goal stays the same, we will trying to make some more progress and see where we end up.

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Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Stefan had a solid start to the day and he was in the top-10 after the first free practice. We were forced to make some changes though after the session and the feeling this afternoon was not there anymore and therefore he could not improve his lap-time. Tomorrow we will go back to the same package of the morning and we should be able to make a step forward. Jake did a good job today. There were so many things that were new to him so he had to basically get to grips with the whole package first. We did work on the riding position especially at the front-end because he wasn’t perfectly comfortable with it. We helped him out with our knowledge of the track and the bike and he was able to build speed upon speed and the lap-times were improving. Unfortunately just at the last outing of FP2 he had a small crash, but it was his first time with a harder front-tyre and he wasn’t used to it. Overall it was a challenging day so let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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USA Round

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, United States

WorldSBK 2017, Round 8

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, 18 Jun 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 296 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 246 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 185 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 163 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 141 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 115 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 110 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 89 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 85 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 79 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 65 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 54 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 50 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 49 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 44 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 27 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 27 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
20 Markus REITERBERGER GER 19
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