Jake Gagne held on and won the 2022 America Championship. Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci finished second in his debut campaign in the United States.
We must now speak of Jake Gagne as a two-time United States Superbike champion. Defending champion, the Yamaha rider doubled the lead by retaining his crown in 2022, at the end of a season in which he had to wait for the last of twenty rounds, at Barber Motorsports Park, to seal the fate of the championship.
Challenged by Danilo Petrucci, a newcomer to the MotoAmerica paddock, Jake Gagne won after a controlled last weekend (1st/2nd), while his Italian opponent finished fourth in both races. His final lead is finally 20 points, thanks in particular to a record of 12 victories and 15 podiums. Petrux ends the campaign with a total of 16 podiums including 5 victories.
Winner of the last round of the season, Cameron Petersen takes the silver medal and allows Yamaha to have two representatives on the podium. There are even three in the top-4 with Mathew Scholtz. The presence of Danilo Petrucci, equipped with a Ducati, prevents the Japanese brand from signing a hat-trick. Another former resident of the MotoGP category, the Spaniard Hector Barbera, brings up the rear of the top-5.
2022 MotoAmerica Championship (Top-5):
1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) – 376
2. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) – 356 (-20)
3. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) – 304 (-72)
4. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) – 286 (-90)
5. Hector Barbera (BMW) – 190 (-186)
No Dakar 2023 for Petrucci