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RoadRace Factory Update: Silverstone Qualifying

| 6 October 2014 1:03 pm

MCE Insurance BSB British Superbike Championship
Round 11: Silverstone GP

Courtesy of RoadRace Factory
TOWCESTER, UK, OCT. 4, 2014

Qualifying action at Silverstone got under way under rainy conditions. After an impressive showing in free practice, Jake Gagne was enthusiastic about his prospects for grabbing a solid starting position. Tomas Puerta was confident that his crew had solved the problems that were plaguing him during the free practice sessions.

Jake Gagne during the wet qualifying session at Silverstone.

Jake Gagne during the wet qualifying session at Silverstone.

The rain wasn’t too much of an issue for the riders, as Gagne has won races and claimed the 2014 AMA Daytona Sportbike Championship in the rain, and Puerta is known for his wet-weather skills.

Qualifying proceeded in wet conditions, and Gagne had been circulating up in second position when the session was red-flagged and halted. Tomas Puerta was fighting rear-grip issues but had been able to progress through the pack.

Upon the restart of qualifying, Gagne had a moment on his second lap out. Unfortunately, he re-injured his shoulder. The initial injury occurred during his final race in the AMA season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After completing the sighting and warm-up laps, the pain of the injury was too severe, and Jake had to sit out the race; he would his re-evaluate his shoulder in the morning.

Tomas Puerta during the afternoon sprint race.

Tomas Puerta during the afternoon sprint race.

Tomas Puerta gridded up for the sprint race and was able to ride strong all race long. His apparent struggles behind him, he was able to turn faster and faster laps as the race progressed, eventually crossing the line in 20th.

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