Gagne and his Attack Performance Yamaha team headed over to Portugal just a couple of weeks after securing a second-consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike Championship aboard his Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing R1. With little track time at the 2.89-mile circuit in Portimao and different tires, he and the team went to work and made progress every session.
After a tough Friday, Gagne improved his times to qualify 16th and then got a decent start in the opening race from the sixth row of the grid in 18th, ultimately crossing the line one position further back. With more track time, his forward momentum continued with a better start in today’s Superpole race in 15th before finishing 16th in the sprint. Although he was unable to match his start in Race 2, he charged back from 20th to 15th to finish inside the points and complete a positive learning weekend in the FIM Superbike World Championship.