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© Yamaha Jake Gagne Dominant won the title in the Motoamerica
Yamaha-Pilot Jake Gagne at the Superbike World Cup in Portimao with a wildcard. The Motoamerica champion of the 2021 season will start with its Attack performance team and wants to recommend the return to the Superbike World Championship. There are still two free places in the GRT Yamaha team, since Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane have not yet signed any contracts for 2023.
With his successes in Motoamerica, Gagne lifted grabbing last year. The former Red Bull Rookies Cup winner won 16 races in a row and clearly won the title. This year he also has a good chance of the title and, after his fall at the recent event, is just behind ex-Motogp pilot Danilo Petrucci (Ducati).
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In the 2018 season, Gagne already drove in the Superbike World Championship, but at that time piloted the inferior Honda Fireblade and was unable to implement his talent into good results. The American already knows the course in Portimao. He has to get used to the Pirelli tires in the WSBK again, because in Motoamerica it is driven with Dunlop.
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"Portimao is a really cool route. It's great to drive back there," explains Gagne. "I look forward to the challenge. I couldn't want a better team and no better motorcycle, so we will do our best there and enjoy the weekend."
also Richard Stanboli, owner and team manager of Attack Performance, excites the appearance on the world stage. "Jake and the team are very happy about the invitation to the Superbike World Cup weekend in Portimao," commented Stanboli. "Our plan is to end the Motoamerica superbike championship in Barber and then send our motorcycles to Portugal."
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"It will certainly be a challenge, but when we had a wildcard in the past, whether it was the Superbike World Championship or the MotoGP, we learned a lot and improved as a team. Fortunately, Jake has already had superbike experience in Portimao, "said Stanboli.
"We will get technical support from our partners from Yamaha-Europe. I would also like to thank Pirelli for the help and technical support that you will send us. Our goal is to offer a good show and our fans To make proud, "said the Team manager of Attack Performance.
Yamaha racing leaders Andrea Dosoli has an eye on Jake Gagne
Yamaha racing director Andrea Dosoli sees Jake Gagne a potential driver for the Superbike World Championship. "We are happy to welcome Jake to the WSBK paddock again," notes Dosoli. "After an astonishing 2021 season, he will be fighting for the title again this year and thus confirms his high level of performance."
"We always endeavor to give drivers who were successful in their national series, the opportunity to drive on the world stage. After the winner of the British Superbike Championship, Tarran Mackenzie, with a wildcard at the race in Donington We are glad that the reigning Motoamerica superbike master can be there in Portimao, "explains Dosoli.
"We know that it will not be an easy challenge, but we are ready to support him during the event and wish him and the Attack performance team all the best for the weekend," said the Yamaha racing manager.
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