Superstock 1000 Points Leader Jake Gagne Returns To Motocross Roots

Road racer Jake Gagne is one step closer to achieving his childhood dream of racing an AMA Outdoor Motocross National.

The RoadRace Factory Orion rider’s entry for round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has been officially accepted, and the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 points leader hopes to qualify for the August 15 event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

Gagne, who grew up racing motocross and won the 2005 AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Ponca City, Oklahoma, will ride a RoadRace Factory/American Supercamp-backed Yamaha YZ450F.

“It’s going to be tough,” Gagne told me last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “There are a lot of good guys, but I just want to qualify and ride both races. That’s all.”

Gagne made the transition from motocross to road racing in 2008. Two years later, he won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title and then spent two seasons competing in Spain’s national championship. Gagne won the 2014 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title with eight podiums in 10 races, a double victory at Road America, and a second in the Daytona 200.

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Jake Gagne at speed earlier this year on his RoadRace Factory Orion Yamaha YZF-R1. The Californian currently has a 20-point championship lead over TOBC Racing’s Tyler Knapp in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class.

For 2015, Gagne moved up to Superstock 1000, which runs in conjunction with Superbike but is scored separately. Thus far, he has won nine races. “I ride motocross at least once or twice a week during the road-racing season,” Gagne said. “I’ve got a lot seat time, especially these last few months.

“We selected the national at Miller because, looking at the road-race schedule, there weren’t a whole lot of races I could do. MMP is right after Indianapolis so it fit perfectly as we have a little break before our final round.”

RoadRace Factory Orion Team Owner Danny Walker sees this an opportunity to further showcase Gagne’s talent. “We started our team with the goal of promoting riders so that they can go on to achieve success at every level they compete,” Walker said. “This is just another avenue for us to help Jake follow his dreams.”

Walker had a similar experience when he was racing. “I always wanted to race AMA Pro Grand National Dirt Track,” he said. “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 between our last two races, I knew it was, ‘Heck, yeah. Let’s make this happen,’ and so we began trying to get everything in place. Luckily, Yamaha and [Racing Manager] Keith McCarty shared our collective enthusiasm and jumped in to support us.”

Road racer Jake Gagne is one step closer to achieving his childhood dream of racing an AMA Outdoor Motocross National.

The RoadRace Factory Orion rider’s entry for round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has been officially accepted, and the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 points leader hopes to qualify for the August 15 event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

Gagne, who grew up racing motocross and won the 2005 AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Ponca City, Oklahoma, will ride a RoadRace Factory/American Supercamp-backed Yamaha YZ450F.

“It’s going to be tough,” Gagne told me last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “There are a lot of good guys, but I just want to qualify and ride both races. That’s all.”

Gagne made the transition from motocross to road racing in 2008. Two years later, he won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title and then spent two seasons competing in Spain’s national championship. Gagne won the 2014 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title with eight podiums in 10 races, a double victory at Road America, and a second in the Daytona 200.

Jake Gagne action

Jake Gagne at speed earlier this year on his RoadRace Factory Orion Yamaha YZF-R1. The Californian currently has a 20-point championship lead over TOBC Racing’s Tyler Knapp in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class.

For 2015, Gagne moved up to Superstock 1000, which runs in conjunction with Superbike but is scored separately. Thus far, he has won nine races. “I ride motocross at least once or twice a week during the road-racing season,” Gagne said. “I’ve got a lot seat time, especially these last few months.

“We selected the national at Miller because, looking at the road-race schedule, there weren’t a whole lot of races I could do. MMP is right after Indianapolis so it fit perfectly as we have a little break before our final round.”

RoadRace Factory Orion Team Owner Danny Walker sees this an opportunity to further showcase Gagne’s talent. “We started our team with the goal of promoting riders so that they can go on to achieve success at every level they compete,” Walker said. “This is just another avenue for us to help Jake follow his dreams.”

Walker had a similar experience when he was racing. “I always wanted to race AMA Pro Grand National Dirt Track,” he said. “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 between our last two races, I knew it was, ‘Heck, yeah. Let’s make this happen,’ and so we began trying to get everything in place. Luckily, Yamaha and [Racing Manager] Keith McCarty shared our collective enthusiasm and jumped in to support us.”