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Interview with MotoAmerica Champ Jake Gagne

Race days are exciting for everyone, but a MotoGP race is palpable! The sound waves from the paddock are the first thing to hit you. Mechanics revving the engines to listen for the crispness of their tuning and the buzz of riders, teams, and fans gathering before the race is electric. Circuit of the Americas (COTA) did not fail to disappoint all who gathered for this event April 8-10th, 2022. Upon arrival to the MotoAmerica paddock early Friday morning, everything was ready to go, and the teams were already into their race routines. Jake Gagne was relaxed and obliging when asked if he could spare some time to chat with Road Dirt. “Of course, anytime!” was his reply. The following is our conversation that morning in the Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing tent.

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Coming To America

There are many signs indicating the health of a national racing series, and two if which are (1) its top riders are invited to race in international series, and (2) international riders want to come race in that country’s national series. MotoAmerica has made incredible strides in both of these, with the likes of Garrett Gerloff, Cameron Beaubier, Sean Dylan Kelly, among others making the leap to the world stage in World SBK and MotoGP, and Toni Elias, Loris Baz, and now Danilo Petrucci joining the MotoAmerica paddock. American motorcycle road racing is alive and well again.

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MotoAmerica TV Launches

We’ve covered the MotoAmerica motorcycle racing series since our inception in January of 2019. Senior editor Rob has covered the series since it’s inception in 2015. We have a great history with Wayne Rainey and company. So we were excited to learn the news that MotoAmerica was teaming up with Triple-B Media to launch MotoAmerica TV, a 24-hour, 7-day a week television network dedicated to airing MotoAmerica’s racing to a worldwide audience, dating back to the series’ first season in 2015. Triple-B Media is a full-service television and digital media company, specializing in free, advertiser-supported television networks, such as For the Fans (FTF), Lacrosse Sports Network, and Fido TV.

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Gagne Clinches 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Title

Jake Gagne wrapped up the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship across a record-setting weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Californian winning his 16th race of the season to match the record held jointly by Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier for Superbike wins in a single season, while also tying three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey’s mark for career AMA Superbike victories.

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My Ace In The Hole

I pondered the unfriendly hand of cards life had dealt and the solitary thought poking through the fog of agony surprised me. It wasn’t about can I keep my job, will the surgery hurt, will insurance cover my illness, or will my dog still love me, it was this: Will I still be able to ride my motorcycle?

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