Gagne to lead the charge for Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team at Assen

The fast and famous TT Circuit Assen hosts round four of the 2018 WorldSBK season this weekend where Jake Gagne will lead the charge for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team at their home race.

Coming off the back of his best race weekend at Aragon, Gagne will be the sole rider for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team as Leon Camier recovers from injuries sustained in an incident in Race 1 at Aragon. The Assen round is very much the home event for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, who are based in Nieuwleusen in the Netherlands – just a short drive from the Assen circuit.

For Gagne, Assen is one of the venues on the WorldSBK calendar where he has enjoyed previous success, with the American rider winning a Red Bull Rookies race at the 4.5 kilometre long circuit in 2010. More recent experience came in the form of a private test at the circuit with the team last month, meaning Gagne is well prepared heading into the weekend.

The first session of the Assen WorldSBK round, Free Practice 1 starts at 0945 local time (GMT +2) with the two races taking place at 1300 local time on Saturday and Sunday. The current weather forecast suggest fine and warm weather for the entire race weekend.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

I’m really excited to get started in Assen, its nice to just have a few days off between races so me and the team can get straight back to work and continue the progress we made in Spain with the CBR1000RR and keep pushing towards the top ten. I got to ride the track a few weeks ago during our test so this will help us get in the zone quickly. It’s going to be a bummer not having Leon with us this weekend, I really hope he gets well soon and I’ll do my best to make him and the team proud.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

Back-to-back races are always a busy time but we’re all looking forward to our home race at Assen. I think for Jake Assen could be his strongest round of the year as he is coming off a positive result at Aragon, he has had success at the circuit before and he also had the chance to ride the track on a Fireblade a few weeks ago. It’s a shame we will be at our home round with only one rider, however I’ve been in communication with Leon and he’s in a good frame of mind and we look forward to welcoming him back as soon as he has completed his recovery. For now, we will put all our efforts behind Jake and go for the best possible result.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Dutch Round

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

WorldSBK 2018, Round 4

Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 – Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 114 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 102 Racing Ducati
3 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 96 Racing Ducati
4 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 76 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 70 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 67 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 63 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 42 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
9 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 32 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
10 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 27 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 23 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 22 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
13 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 18 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
14 Michael RINALDI ITA 17 Racing Ducati
15 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 17 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
16 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 16 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
17 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 16 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
18 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 10 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 7 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
20 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
21 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
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