Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Jake Gagne has been diagnosed with a spine contusion following a crash in Free Practice 2 yesterday, with the American rider being unable to participate in Race 1 and subsequently ruled out for Race 2 at the TT Circuit in Assen, Netherlands.
Despite being in intense pain this morning, Gagne bravely suited up for this morning’s Free Practice 4 session to properly assess his condition, however the American rider only managed a couple of laps before returning to the box. With his injuries preventing him from riding at an adequate level, Gagne and the team opted to withdraw him from further action today. Gagne then underwent further assessment at Assen Wilhelmina Hospital, where a contusion to his C4 vertebrae was found and subsequently he was deemed unfit to take part in any further action this weekend.
Gagne and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will now regroup ahead of the next round of the WorldSBK championship which takes place at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy from May 11-13.