july 09, 2017 - Honda Racing

Bradl takes 11th in race one as Gagne scores first WorldSBK point at Laguna

The Red Bull #honda World Superbike Team has completed the opening race of the US Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, with Stefan Bradl able to clinch 11th place in the final moments of the 25-lap encounter. His teammate for the round, Jake Gagne, scored his first World Championship point at his first attempt by crossing the finish line in fifteenth position.

After a steady start from row six, Bradl started getting up to speed and as the laps went by, he was able to make up some places in the five-way battle for eleventh place. The 27-year-old kept a consistent pace throughout the whole race, which helped him get past Ramos on the final lap for 11th place.

Jake Gagne had a solid maiden #worldsbk race performance today, which allowed the young American to enter the World Superbike standings with one point under his belt. Gagne showed a solid and consistent pace as he joined the battle for 11th position after some encouraging overtaking manoeuvres, while also shadowing at times his much-more experienced team mate.

Both Stefan and Jake’s starting position for race two will not change, meaning that they will line up on the race two grid alongside each other in 17th and 18th place, respectively.