American rider Jake Gagne will sub for Red Bull Honda World Superbike rider Stefan Bradl for this weekend’s Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France.
Following a crash in race one at Portimão two weeks ago, Bradl underwent a series of evaluations back home in Germany, which revealed a scaphulonate ligament tear in his right wrist.
The injury requires surgery, which will be performed this Thursday after which time the full extent of Bradl’s injury – and the required recovery time – will be revealed.
Gagne impressed team officials when he made his series debut at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this year.
Stepping into Bradl’s boots at Magny-Cours will be 25-year-old American rider Jake Gagne, who got up to speed quickly on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 at Laguna, where he finished both races in the points. Gagne will join the already confirmed rider for the round Davide Giugliano.
“First of all I would like to wish Stefan a speedy recovery,” Gagne said. “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,” Gagne added. “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.”