Jake Gagne: Beaubier Is Definitely Trying

Jake Gagne says you can’t tell how hard Cameron Beaubier is riding until you’re trying to stay on his back wheel. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne was asked on Sunday at the Ridge Motorsports Park to explain just how difficult it is right now to be racing against the best Cameron Beaubier we’ve ever seen.

“Yeah, it’s tough,” commented Gagne. “Like you said, Cam’s (Beaubier) the guy to beat. When you watch the races I know a lot of people say that Cam doesn’t even look like he’s trying. He’s riding around there just like (at the) park. But when you’re behind that guy, you see how hard he rides. You see how hard he pushes that R1. I think the only place you can see it is when you’re right there on his butt. So hats off again to Cam. He’s really been riding good.”

Gagne and the others who have tasted podium success this year constantly talk about getting closer to Beaubier, and they are. What remains to be seen is if Beaubier has even more in the tank if he needs it.

“It just shows how well these Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamahas are rolling,” Gagne added. “But we want to get up there. Cam says he’s getting lonely up there. He says it’s getting a little boring and a little bit alone, so I think we need to get up there and have some fun.”

Gagne was running second in Saturday’s race one at Ridge, but he slipped back to fourth with front tire issues. On Sunday, he finished second – 3.2 seconds behind his teammate Beaubier.

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