In what has probably been the worst kept secret in the paddock; we are happy to formally announce that current MotoAmerica Superstock 1000cc Series points leader, Jake Gagne will race in one round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series! You read that correctly.
Jake Gagne will ride a RoadRace Factory / American Supercamp backed Yamaha YZ450F with assistance from Yamaha USA, Red Bull, Alpinestars and Bell Powersports. Jake will enter the August 15th, motocross event from Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. This is round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series and to say that Jake is stoked, is an understatement. Jake’s application to ride has been formally accepted and the date is now set for him to fulfill a childhood dream of racing in a pro motocross event.
Jake is no stranger to riding motocross. In fact, he is a rare crossover athlete having started his racing career in motocross as young kid. He got his first bike when he was five years old and immediately began racing in local (Southern California) motocross events. After a few years of riding and racing locally, Jake won the Amateur National Motorcross Championship in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005. In fact he’s only been road racing since 2008 when he made the transition from motocross to road racing in U.S. The Red Bull Rookies Cup (RBRC). In 2009 he was promoted to the European Red Bull Rookies Cup. In 2010 he had four victories on his way to capturing the RBRC Championship.
From 2011-2012 Jake participated in the CEV Spanish National Championship and even made a Wild Card appearance in Moto2 race from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2012 he joined the RoadRace Factory to contest the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship in the 600cc Supersport Series. In 2014 he captured the 600cc Supersport Title with eight podiums in ten races, a double victory at Road America and a solid second place in the Daytona 200.
For 2015 Jake has moved up to the 1000cc Superstock Class under the new MotoAmerica Championship series. He has won nine races and is the current points leader. As part of his normal training routine, Jake rides his Yamaha YZ450F at tracks throughout the San Diego / Southern California area. He recently concluded some private testing with his new Yamaha USA mixed crew. It’s mixed as he is bringing along his 32Crew from the RoadRace Factory of Scott Jensen and Danny Anderson who are eager to get their hands dirty.
Jake Gagne – Current MotoAmerica Superstock 1000cc Points Leader
“I’ve been riding and racing motocross ever since I was little. I never stopped riding, I ride at least once or twice a week during the road racing season. I’ve got a lot seat time in especially these last few months. I’ve always dreamed of doing a National. I’m just excited to get out there and see what I can do.
We selected the national at Miller Motorsports Park because looking at the road race schedule there weren’t a whole lot of races I could do. MMP is right after Indianapolis for us on the road race side so it fit perfectly as we have a little break before our final round.
I got to talking with Danny Walker from the RoadRace Factory and then we got Keith McCarthy from Yamaha involved and everybody seemed as excited as I was. Then all of a sudden Keith and Yamaha stepped up huge and hooked me up with a bike! So I’m really stoked to be doing my first Outdoor National.
I can’t thank Danny Walker and my guys in the RoadRace Factory for letting me try this. Keith and Yamaha for their support and all my sponsors who have jumped in with me on this dream. Big thanks to Red Bull, Alpinestars and Bell Helmets. I can’t wait to get out there and see what I can do against those guys and have fun!”
Danny Walker – Team Manager
“‘This is an exciting opportunity for Jake and the RoadRace Factory team. When we first met him at the Red Bull Rookies Cup we were immediately impressed. Here was a kid who had never ridden a road bike before and within a few years, he was world champ in the Red Bull Rookies Cup!
He’s got incredible talent and he’s been an instructor for me at American Supercamp. So I’ve seen him ride everything from 50’s to 1000’s and he’s just phenomenal.
When Cameron Petersen came back from riding Moto with Jake in San Diego. He mentioned Jake saying something about always wanting to try and make a National Motocross. I personally always wanted to race Grand National Dirt Track. I only got to race one but, if I hadn’t, it would have been one of my true regrets. When I asked Jake about it I could tell he had the same passion. Even though it’s right in between our last two races I knew it was ‘Heck Yeah!! Let’s make this happen!’ and so we began working on trying to figure out a way to get everything in place. It isn’t easy to just run off and do a one-off Outdoor National. Jake is in the middle of a championship battle so we had to get everyone on-board for this to happen. Luckily Yamaha and Keith McCarthy shared our collective enthusiasm and jumped in to support us in this effort.
I see this an opportunity for Jake to continue to showcase his talent to the world. We tell people all the time what he can do and right now in road racing the exposure isn’t there yet. But if he can qualify and run with the best motocross racers in the nation, then hopefully people will see for themselves what he can do. We started our team with the goal of promoting riders so that they can go on to achieve success at every level they compete at, this is just another avenue for us to help Jake follow his dreams.”