Jake Gagne earns Daytona SportBike win number 1 with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
Jake Gagne earned his first career Daytona SportBike victory, and the first DSB win of the Factory Road Race team, with a wet Sunday win at Miami. Gagne was followed on the podium by M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby and Saturday’s race winner, Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier. Former DSB champ and current points leader Martin Cardenas finished fourth.
The 23-lap DSB race started after a long delay – the racing action having been halted earlier by fears over lightening. Eventually rain started to fall on the circuit and after a warm-up lap the race was declared wet. When the race finally started, Westby jumped out to the early lead with Gagne following. Cardenas trailed in third, with JD Beach and Beaubier rounding out the top five. Several riders pitted in the opening laps, including Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino and DucShop Ducati’s Jake Zemke. Aquino later returned to the race, while Zemke did not.
Westby and Gagne opened up a sizable gap ahead of Cardenas in the early laps. Beach lost several positions in the wet conditions, while Beaubier moved up to challenge his rival Cardenas. The Yamaha would go on to secure third and look ahead at the leaders.
Lap 8 saw Westby and Gagne battling for the front, with Beaubier gaining some ground but still more than six seconds back. Cardenas, however, was heading the other direction falling well off the podium pace.
Approaching the halfway mark Gagne grabbed the lead and opened up a gap on Westby. The M4 Suzuki rider soon had Beaubier to worry about, as the Graves Yamaha rider reeled in the Wolverine.
With five to go Beaubier was looking for an opening. But the R6 soon dropped off the pace and would settle into a lonesome third. Westby charged ahead in second, finishing seven seconds behind Gagne at the checkers.
The Race 2 victory marks the first DSB win for Gagne, as well as the first victory for the Road Race Factory squad in the SportBike series. Beaubier’s third-place finish, combined with Saturday’s victory, earned the title of Big Kahuna at Miami.
Cardenas finished a distant fourth, the DSB points leader followed by fellow Colombian David Gaviria. The fifth-place finish marks the best-ever SportBike result for the 2011 SuperSport West champ. Jason DiSalvo, a six-time podium finisher this season, was never a factor in the Miami Sunday race, the Team Latus rider finishing 13th.
Daytona SportBike Race 2 podium with Jake Gagne (center) in first, Dane Westby (right) in second and Cameron Beaubier (left) in third.
2012 Daytona SportBike Miami Race 2 Results:
1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
2. Dane Westby (Suzuki)
3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
5. David Gaviria (Yamaha)
6. Kris Turner (Triumph)
7. Huntley Nash (Yamaha)
8. Austin Dehaven (Yamaha)
9. Barrett Long (Ducati)
10. JD Beach (Yamaha)
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship Points:
1. Martin Cardenas, 415
2. Dane Westby, 339
3. Cameron Beaubier, 317
4. Tommy Hayden, 250
5. Jason DiSalvo, 225
6. Bobby Fong, 222
7. JD Beach, 215
8. Jake Zemke, 213
9. Joey Pascarella, 189
10. Cory West, 181