Jake Gagne Claims His Third Consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike Title


Recently at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Fresh N Lean Yamaha Racing rider Jake Gagne claimed his third consecutive MotoAmerica title in spectacular fashion, the champ winning all three Superbike races across the weekend, a “threepeat to solidify his threepeat.” This, with two more race rounds and four Superbike races left on the schedule. Gagne left no doubt about his dominance and dynasty in the MotoAmerica Superbike class, writing a new page in the AMA Road Racing history books.

It’s been a thrilling season with 5-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion and former Gagne teammate Cameron Beaubier returning to the MotoAmerica paddock after racing in Moto2 for a few years, fierce challengers like PJ Jacobsen, another former international racer in WSBK, and the “usual suspects” Mathew Scholtz, Josh Herrin, and Gagne’s Yamaha teammate Cameron Petersen among others, all hunting down the reigning champ. Beaubier has pushed his friend and former teammate Gagne hard all season, chasing him in the points and the podiums. Gagne has kept the world class rider at bay, but Beaubier got knocked out of contention over the race weekend in Pittsburgh when an unfortunate and rather shocking crash with Ashton Yates left Cameron injured and in the raceway’s medical center. We’ve since learned that Beaubier will sit out the remaining races to recuperate from several wounds sustained over this season, replaced by Stefano Mesa on the Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M1000RR.

This leaves Gagne far enough ahead in points of the remaining field that at the conclusion of his third win in Superbike race 3 that Sunday, Gagne was crowned king of the Superbike domain, with no one able to catch him in the remaining rounds. In the press room following the full race weekend, Jake quipped, “I just didn’t expect it. We didn’t really do any math. The team didn’t talk about it. Nobody talked about it. I just had a feeling if I won and I didn’t exactly know what Josh (Herrin) had to do, but I knew sure as hell Josh was going to put up a fight to bring it down to one more round, and I knew he was right there… Again, kind of unexpected. I haven’t been the fastest guy all year, but I guess kind of luck has been on my side. We finished almost every race besides one. It’s going to be a hell of a fight for that championship run with a lot of guys in it next year. I’m looking forward to going to the last couple rounds and just duking it out with these guys with nothing else to worry about.”

We still remember the first time we connected with Jake back in 2019, when he was racing for Scheibe Racing BMW. Ryan Nolan had met Jake before the season began, and felt he would be an interesting rider to follow across the MotoAmerica race season, having just returned stateside from racing abroad in World Superbike. Bicycling around the back of Road Atlanta during Friday practice and qualifying, Jake and Rob met and briefly chatted, and Jake invited him to come visit and talk further in the paddock over the weekend. We went on to follow the soft-spoken but friendly racer across that season, doing several stories and videos on him, and when Jake got the call from Yamaha to join their team with Cam Beaubier, we felt Jake was most deserving. We’ve enjoyed watching him amass points, podiums and championships ever since.

Gagne crossing yet another finish line, far out in front. Note casted teammate Cameron Petersen up cheering on his friend with the Yamaha crew.

So hats off to the “thrice crowned king” of the MotoAmerica Superbikes, Jake Gagne. Well-earned.

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*All photos courtesy of MotoAmerica/Brian J. Nelson

Congrats to the King.


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