Jake Gagne has taken twelfth place in today’s 17-lap, opening race of the 2017 WorldSBK season finale at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, equalling his best finish in the series scored in his previous appearance at Magny-Cours a month ago. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team mate Davide Giugliano was forced to an early retirement at the end of lap six.

Gagne got a decent launch from eighteenth place on the grid and had a competitive opening lap, as he made his way past some rivals to enter the top-15. As the race progressed, the 24-year-old from San Diego battled with Guarnoni for eleventh position before consolidating twelth place in the latter stages of the encounter.

Giugliano got a good launch from the fifteenth slot of the grid and was able to move up two places as the World Superbike field entered turn one. The 28-year-old Italian then started to lose ground and was passed by his team mate Gagne, before making his way back to the pits and pull out of the race.

The final race of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will get underway tomorrow at 21:00 local time (GMT +3), with Giugliano and Gagne again 15th and 18th, respectively, on the starting grid.

Jake Gagne

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12th

We made a lot of progress this morning in free practice 3 and I was feeling really good, but unfortunately I made a few mistakes during Superpole 1 which didn’t allow me to get a good qualifying position for the race. I got off to a decent start and got in the mix at the back, then made a couple of passes but then there was some smoke coming off another rider’s bike, which kind of made us slow down and lose touch with the group ahead. On lap nine I started to lose some grip so I could not push as hard as I wanted in the remaining laps. Twelfth place is not too bad and we have some ideas on what to change on the bike for race two, so hopefully we’ll be able to go quicker tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Davide Giugliano

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DNF

My start was good and I got up to thirteenth place, but very soon I started having issues with shifting, and ultimately I had no choice but to return to the pits. The team is currently investigating to find out what happened, but surely it’s a shame for how things went in the race because we showed some progress in Superpole 1 and I was ready to put up a fight. Now we need to regroup and get ready for the last race, because we all need one good result to wrap up the season.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

It surely wasn’t the type of result we were expecting from today, and it has been a quite challenging race no doubt, but Jake did a great job and didn’t give up even when the grip went away. He was twelfth again but we’re quite confident he can be quicker tomorrow. It’s a real pity for Davide, because he got off to a great start and I think he could have battled for a top-10 finish, so hopefully things can turn in his favour tomorrow so he can show all his talent in the final race of the year.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Qatar Round

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2017, Round 13

Clear & Dry / 27
Friday 3 Nov 2017, 20:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'41.021
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.944
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +10.405
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.052
5 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.339
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +15.587
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +16.789
8 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA 8 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +17.869
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR 7 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +18.494
10 Román Ramos 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +22.660
11 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +36.011
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +38.237
13 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA 3 Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki +49.659
14 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +50.079
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Xavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
NC Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
Clear & Dry / 29
Friday 3 Nov 2017, 16:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'56.228
2 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.447
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.835
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.201
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.222
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.263
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.347
8 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.417
9 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.585
10 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.757
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.859
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.946
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
14 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
15 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
NC Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
17 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
18 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
20 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki +
Clear & Dry / 28
Thursday 2 Nov 2017, 19:21 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'57.666
2 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.259
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.299
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.470
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.649
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.877
7 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.005
8 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.070
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.091
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.340
11 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.387
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.403
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.450
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.856
15 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1.950
16 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.973
17 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.411
18 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +3.004
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.609
20 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki +4.061
Rider Standings
Friday, 3 Nov 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 531 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 383 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 373 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 317 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 225 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 210 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 185 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 162 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 158 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 148 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 124 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 115 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 112 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 67 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 50 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 48 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
17 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 32 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 29 Van Zon Remeha BMW
20 Sylvain GUINTOLI 05 FRA 26 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
21 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 26 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
22 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
23 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 20 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 13 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
25 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 13 Team Pedercini Honda
26 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 13 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 11 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
28 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 10 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
29 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
30 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
31 Jeremy GUARNONI 11 FRA 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
32 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
33 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
34 Roberto ROLFO 44 ITA 3 Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki