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Gagne to fly solo at Assen WorldSBK round

Red Bull Honda's Jake Gagne will fly solo for the upcoming Assen WorldSBK round as the team haven't had time to sort out a replacement for the injured Leon Camier.

Camier crashed in the opening race at last weekend's Aragon round and was subsequently run over by Jordi Torries who had nowhere to go but over the former BSB king. He sustained broken ribs and a bruised lung but returned home to Andorra after a hospital visit.

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 the American is well prepared heading into the weekend.

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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," said Gagne.

"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."

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