Red Bull Honda World Superbike rider Stefan Bradl will be forced to miss the 11th round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours due to a wrist injury.  His place in the team will be filled by Jake Gagne, who impressed on his debut with the team at Laguna Seca earlier in the year.

Following a highside 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 morning, September 28th after which time the full extent of Stefan’s injury – and the required recovery time - will be revealed.

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 the US WorldSBK round where he finished both races in the points. Gagne will join the already confirmed rider for the round Davide Giugliano.

Private: Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

It’s been very disappointing news. After crashing out of race one at Portimão, the x-rays showed no sign of injury but the pain was strong. I went back home to do some more tests and get different opinions by several doctors to finally find out what was wrong with my right wrist. I did MRI and CT scans this morning and it looks like I will undergo surgery this Thursday. Unfortunately this will mean that I will have to sit out the race at Magny-Cours, which again it’s very disappointing, but it is something that needs to be done because right now I cannot use my wrist. Hopefully we will soon have some better news.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne

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First of all I would like to wish Stefan a speedy recovery: 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!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Marco Chini

Marco Chini

Honda's WorldSBK Operations Manager

We are really sad that Stefan won’t be able to race at Magny-Cours. We feel that we had made some good progress at Portimão and things seemed to be going in the right direction. Unfortunately, the crash turned out to be more damaging than how it first looked, so we now wish him a speedy recovery so that he can get back in the saddle as soon as possible. The decision to replace him with Jake at Magny-Cours is quite a simple one: he did well in Laguna with us and he knows the team, so we are happy to welcome him back.

Honda Motor Europe
French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2017, Round 11

Rider Standings
Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 431 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 311 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 296 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 250 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 168 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 166 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 156 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 134 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 130 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 117 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 99 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 84 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 84 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 67 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 50 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 36 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 32 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 29 Van Zon Remeha BMW
20 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 25 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
21 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 17 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 12 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 11 Team Pedercini Honda
25 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
26 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
28 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
29 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
30 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda