Jake Gagne suffers horror crash in practice for World SBK race

2018 Superbikes Phillip Island

It has been action-packed opening to the World Superbikes Championship at TT Assen Circuit.

After three rounds of the 2018 season so far, the racers rolled into the Netherlands for some more Superbike action.

On Friday the first two practice sessions took place, however, they were overshadowed by a horrific crash for American driver, Jake Gagne.

As you can see in the video below, Gagne was low at an angle as he approached a bend, only to completely lose control of his bike after clipping the grass on the edge of the track, which saw him become unseated, flipping over his handlebars in the process.

Both rider and bike ended up crashing into the perimeter fence at the side of the track.

Given the speed he was travelling at and the distance he flew through the air, there was understandably a lot of concern for his well-being.

Amazingly, though, it would appear the 25-year-old managed to escape the crash without being too seriously hurt. 

His team Red Bull Honda later tweeted a positive update on Gagne's condition. 

It read: "@jakegagne is in the medical centre for checks, he's conscious and a bit shaken up but overall OK. Good news as that was a big one!"

A further update from the World Superbike Championship Twitter account read:

#45 Gagne (#WorldSBK): Right elbow deep abrasion. Right hip contusion. Declared FIT."

Gagne, who was Red Bull Honda's only representative on the track, had previously stated his anticipation for the race and the season ahead.

He said:  “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.

"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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