Jake Gagne to race for Red Bull Honda in 2018

After a disappointing 2017, marred by the tragic death of Nicky Hayden, Ronald Ten Kate, announced today the line-up for 2018. Therefore, Leon Camier and Jake Gagne will race for Red Bull Honda next year.

With Camier already announced from November, Jake Gagne is the big surprise. While everyone else expected Stefan Bradl to be named as the second rider, the young american won the contest and will make his first full season in the World Superbike series.

Gagne made the official debut at Laguna Seca having the unfortunate role to replace the late Nicky Hayden, who died in a tragic road accident in May.

Jake Gagne raced in three Superbike round. His best finish was a 11th place at Lausitzring in August. His overall consistency played an important in the decision making of Red Bull Honda.

The new Superbike championship will start in the last weekend of February. The inaugural round will take place at Phillip Island, in Australia.

 

Photo – Honda Racing Corporation

Takumi Takahashi replaces Davide Giugliano at Red Bull Honda

Another major line-up change at Red Bull Honda was announced this morning. After a disappointing performance, Davide Giugliano is set to be replaced by Takumi Takahashi.

Takahashi, aged 27, competed this season in All Japan Road Racing. The young japanese rider is not unknown for the motorcycling fans as he raced with several in MotoGP. His best result came in 2015, when he finished 12th in his home GP at Motegi.

The World Superbike Championship will return to action next week at Portimao.

 

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