Three points are nothing when you have two races in each round, but they could be that drop of water that hollows out the stone. With a bad start in the first race of the season, Gagne quickly got back on track, proving that his supremacy in the last championship was no accident.
In fact, after Danilo Petrucci’s first three victories, the American rider made no other mistake and only accumulated successes. One thing that Petrux calmly admitted was that, despite all the faults of the case, Jake is faster than Danilo in this phase of the MotoAmerica. Both are familiar with Laguna Seca.
“I just made one small mistake today. I think I went a little wide in the middle of the race at the second corner,” Petrux said. “I tried to follow Jake Gagne in the first lap but, in the beginning, I didn't have much feeling with the front. My rear tire has grip, while the front shakes. I can't trust the bike. Then, after a few laps, I have no more traction, and I can just hardly manage it. I tried to stay with Jake, but he was faster than I was and really deserves the leadership of the championship because, in the last few races, he was very, very fast. We’re trying. We definitely need more traction. What can I say? I managed to stay up, because I can't push as much as I'd like, but at least I managed to stay ahead of Cam (Petersen). Looking at yesterday's race, I knew he was very, very fast exiting the corner. I tried to defend myself in braking, because it's the only strength I have at the moment. Anyway, I have no excuses. Jake is faster at the moment, and Cam is really fast too. We need to improve our performance. We need to find some traction. Thank you everyone. It's always nice to race in Laguna."
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