The Fuel In The Three-Time Series Champion’s Yamaha Found To Be Not In Compliance
IRVINE, CA – October 12, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – MotoAmerica, North America’s premier road race series, has announced that Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Jake Gagne has been disqualified from his second-place finish in race two at Circuit of The Americas, round eight of the 2023 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship.
Jake Gagne has been disqualified from his second-place finish in race two at Circuit of The Americas after a fuel sample from his Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha YZF-R1 was found to be not in compliance with regulations. Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Sample testing from the COTA round found that the fuel in Gagne’s Yamaha YZF-R1 was not in compliance with the 2023 AMA/FIMNA MotoAmerica regulations that require all competitors to use VP MGP fuel. As a result, Gagne loses the 20 points from his second-place finish. The disqualification has no effect on Gagne’s MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship as he had already wrapped up his third successive title in the previous round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Gagne finished four seconds behind Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Josh Herrin in the second race at COTA and was a similar distance ahead of third-placed PJ Jacobsen on his Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR. Gagne’s DQ thus moves everyone up a spot with Jacobsen moving to second behind Herrin with Wrench Motorcycles’ Bobby Fong earning the final podium spot.
The only change in the points standings is fourth and fifth with Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante swapping spots with Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz. With the change, Escalante finishes the season in fourth, one point better than Scholtz.
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MotoAmerica is North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series. Established in 2014, MotoAmerica is home to the AMA Superbike Championship as well as additional classes including Supersport, Stock 1000, Twins Cup, Junior Cup, and King Of The Baggers. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership including three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey; ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland; motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges; and businessman Richard Varner. For more information, please visit www.MotoAmerica.com and follow MotoAmerica on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.