American Gagne: The weather looks a bit crazy for tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens …

’21:30′ thought Gagne, ‘that’s about 9:30 AM–I think.’ Red Bull


This just in from Red Bull:

The eleventh Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship got underway today at Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, with Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Davide Giugliano and Jake Gagne 15th and 21st, respectively, in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions held at the venue located in the heart of France. Both riders will therefore take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1, which will begin at 10:30 local time (GMT +2).

Today Davide Giugliano turned a wheel at Magny-Cours for the first time since 2014, having been sidelined from the French round for the last two years in a row due to injury. After taking part in the post-race official test at Portimão less than two weeks ago, the 27-year-old Italian had to try out the characteristics of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine on a very different racetrack, which requires a totally different set-up. After suffering a low-speed crash at Turn 5 (Adelaide) in the second half of FP2, Giugliano set his fastest time of the day in the last outing before the chequered flag.

After arriving in France for the first time two days ago, Jake Gagne spent the entirety of today’s track-time learning his way around the challenging and slightly undulating 4.411km French venue. The 24-year-old from San Diego made some progress in the afternoon session and was the most active rider on track with 52 laps completed throughout the day.

It’s been quite a positive day for us: we tried some new stuff that I liked a lot. It’s a pity that on my very last lap I made a couple of mistakes which cost me at least half a second, but the feeling is there with the bike already and that’s the most important thing. I’m starting to feel the bike as my own and that’s without a doubt a confidence boost for me. We’ve worked really hard today and we are planning on making another adjustment for tomorrow, which hopefully will further improve our performance. We’re aware that the weather might change tomorrow but we are working in the right direction so we can look forward to whatever the weather does.
– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne


It’s nice to be back on this Fireblade after a little while. It has been a positive day: we kept making progress lap by lap and I’ve been out on track a lot. I was able to learn a lot about more about the bike and find my way around the track. I also had to learn how to use the Pirelli front tyre a bit better and try to brake a bit harder. This track requires a very precise riding style – there’s not much room for error – but we made little steps forwards here and there and generally speaking my feeling with the bike has improved. The weather looks a bit crazy for tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens!

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

It has been a busy day today on both sides of the garage. Davide worked hard with the crew on a track that is really different from Lausitzring and Portimão. From his comments, it’s clear that he has improved his feeling with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, although it hasn’t translated in competitive lap times yet. We are confident he will be able to improve his performance tomorrow. Jake did a massive amount of work on track: Magny-Cours is not an easy circuit to learn but he has improved in each sector over the course of the day. He now needs to put a strong whole lap together.
– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team


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