News 28 Sep 2017

Gagne named as Bradl replacement for Magny-Cours WorldSBK

German Superbike contender ruled out with wrist injury.

Source: Supplied.

MotoAmerica regular Jake Gagne will rejoin the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team this weekend at Magny-Cours’ 11th round of the 2017 Motul World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK), as he replaces injured athlete Stefan Bradl.

Bradl suffered a scaphulonate ligament tear in his right wrist when he crashed out of the opening race in Portugal, and after further evaluation, he was deemed unfit to ride this weekend.

Gagne, who made a guest appearance with the squad at Laguna Seca’s round of the series, will step in place of the German racer where he’ll join fellow guest rider Davide Giugliano.

“First of all I would like to wish Stefan a speedy recovery,” said Gagne. “I’ve been there before and it’s never nice to have stay away from racing due to injury. Obviously I would like to thank Honda and the team for the opportunity to come back and get a second shot at World Superbike.

“Laguna Seca was a dream come true for me, and the knowledge and experience I gained from the team throughout that weekend was massive. It will also be nice to have some experience with this version of the Fireblade going into FP1.

“Magny-Cours is a completely new track for me but I look forward to the challenge of racing on a new circuit and continuing to learn and grow. I have also never been to France, so it will be an exciting week.”

In his last appearance, the American lodged a 15-15 scorecard in what was his debut in the premier WorldSBK series.