The 2018 World Superbike season will one other American on the grid, as Jake Gagne has been introduced as Pink Bull Honda’s second rider for subsequent 12 months.
The information comes after Gagne impressed with a number of wild card appearances all through the 2017 season, in addition to post-season testing stints.
The transfer up from the MotoAmerica Championship to the World Superbike Champion is a giant one for Gagne, and for American highway racing, as it’s the first such transition for the rebooted American sequence.
Although for Gagne it means an ideal alternative, 2018 will nonetheless definitely be a check for the 24-year-old. Not solely will he need to cope with a grid filled with world-class riders, and race at quite a few unfamiliar circuits, Gagne must cope with the Honda CBR1000RR SP2 superbike platform.
Pink Bull Honda WorldSBK struggled final 12 months to tame Honda’s “new” superbike, and was decisively behind the gun when it got here to creating the machine at the beginning of the season.
Issues appear higher located for the 2018 season, nevertheless, with growth and assist extra on-pace for the CBR1000RR, however Honda remains to be a couple of steps behind the front-runners, and perhaps one other step behind the trouble seen within the Pata Yamaha storage.
Nonetheless for Gagne, in the present day’s information is a welcomed sight. It’s an opportunity for the MotoAmerica superbike rider to point out his expertise on a world stage, and with that there comes the nice activity in filling the footwear left behind by Nicky Hayden in each the Honda storage and WorldSBK paddock.
“It’s actually a dream come true to have the prospect to contest a full World Superbike season with the Pink Bull Honda World Superbike Crew,” mentioned Gagne. “I can’t thank Pink Bull, Honda and Ten Kate sufficient for the chance to race the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 over three rounds this 12 months.”
“I’ve discovered a lot from them and I acquired to know them fairly effectively, so I’m trying ahead to getting going once more.”
“2018 will likely be an thrilling 12 months for me, with loads of travelling and racing on among the greatest race tracks on the earth. I wish to thank once more everybody concerned for this unimaginable alternative, and I really feel I’m prepared for the problem forward!”
Gagne will be a part of Leon Camier within the Pink Bull Honda storage, and also will race in opposition to fellow American PJ Jacobsen, who will likely be on a satellite tv for pc Honda racing effort.
With two Individuals within the World Superbike Championship, and each on Hondas, we hope to see the sequence getting extra consideration within the USA.
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