Gagne doing Gagne things. The two-time and defending Medallia Superbike Champ was quickest in Wednesday’s six-rider Dunlop tire test at Buttonwillow.
On Wednesday, Dunlop held a tire test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California. Three teams and six riders took part in the test, including Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing teammates Jake Gagne and Cameron Petersen, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, and Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW’s PJ Jacobsen and Corey Alexander. Five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier also participated in the test and rode a Tytlers Cycle BMW M 1000 RR despite not yet being officially announced as a member of the Tytlers Cycle team.
At the end of the day, it was two-time and defending MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion Jake Gagne who recorded the fastest lap time, circulating the 21-turn, 2.68-mile CW13 road course in 1:40.896. Reportedly, Gagne’s Yamaha YZF-R1 was not only shod with the new Dunlop qualifying tires that all six riders were testing, but the bike had a new-spec engine, revised electronics, and a World Superbike-spec gearbox with neutral lockout switch.
Gagne’s best lap shattered the CW13 lap record of 1:41.350 set by Beaubier back in 2020, also on an Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1.
Speaking of Beaubier, the Californian fresh off his second season in the Moto2 World Championship and clearly happy to be back home, re-acclimated quickly to riding a Superbike, albeit a BMW instead of a Yamaha for the first time in his career. He had the third-fastest lap time on Wednesday, a 1:41.685 after only his second day aboard the Tytlers Cycle Racing M 1000 RR Superbike.
“It was good to meet the team and get my feet wet on the BMW.” Beaubier said. “I enjoyed it. The bike is a lot different, and it feels so fast after riding a Moto2 bike for a couple of years. It was nice to try some new Dunlops, also. That was really positive, too.”
Buttonwillow Raceway Park (CW13 Track Configuration)
November 16, 2022
Fastest Lap Times:
1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha YZF-R1) – 1:40.896
2. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha YZF-R1) – 1:41.250
3. Cameron Beaubier (BMW M 1000 RR) – 1:41.685
4. PJ Jacobsen (BMW M 1000 RR) – 1:42.685
5. Richie Escalante (Suzuki GSX-R1000R) – 1:43.886
6. Corey Alexander (BMW M 1000 RR) – 1:45.329
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