Jake Gagne came out swinging at Road America, registering a series of blistering laps during Friday’s Daytona SportBike qualifying session.
The best of those laps was a 2:18.647, 0.726 inside the old lap record. The RoadRace Factory/Red Bull rider was quickly up to speed in Wisconsin despite not having the benefit of the additional track time some of his rivals enjoyed during the recent Superbike Shootout.
However, Gagne’s pace didn’t come as a complete shook — he did manage to hand Cameron Beaubier his only defeat of the 2013 season in Wisconsin last year in a head-to-head battle.
“This morning we had some stuff to work through just to knock the cobwebs off and stuff,” Gagne said. “We changed some stuff and it worked really good right away. Tomorrow’s qualifying is really early and we didn’t know how it would be so I kind of wanted to throw down today in case tomorrow is too cold. I threw in a new tire at the end and just kind of went for it. I saw a lot of people going down at the end of that thing. I knew it was going to get a little bit sketchy but I just tried to throw down and it worked out pretty good.”