Honda Press Release: PJ Jacobsen Confirmed In Ten Kate Honda World Supersport Squad

Honda today released the following press release, confirming PJ Jacobsen as their rider in the World Supersport championship:

Jacobsen to spearhead Honda’s World Supersport assault in 2016

Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen and the Honda World Supersport Team are ready to challenge for top honours in the upcoming 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship campaign.

The 22-year-old from Montgomery, New York, will line up alongside compatriot and World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden in the Honda garage to ride a Honda CBR600RR prepared by Ten Kate Racing, with the goal to become the first American rider to clinch the ultimate prize in the series.

Last year, Jacobsen joined the Honda family from the seventh World Supersport round onwards. Since then, he rose to the status of championship contender by winning two races and finishing on the podium five times out of six rounds. He eventually ended the season in runner-up spot, and also added two pole positions and two fastest laps to his impressive racing CV.

The opening round of the World Supersport season will take place at Phillip Island on February 28th and it will be preceded by a two-day official test on the same track, scheduled for the Monday and Tuesday.

PJ Jacobsen: “I feel really good going into the new season with Honda and I can’t wait to get started. It’s great to have the opportunity to race with Honda and Ten Kate. The goals for the season are high; I finished second in the championship last year, so the only thing left is to get the number one spot. It’s not going to be easy as there are a lot of competitive riders out there this year, but the key will be to be riding at the front, race in, race out. I intend to take every round as it comes though, starting at Phillip Island of course. I would like to thank Ten Kate and Honda for this opportunity; we’ll do our best to make our fans proud!”

Ronald ten Kate: “We’re happy to confirm our World Supersport effort for 2016. PJ’s perseverance has been rewarded and I believe we have now have the team, the bike and the rider to do well this year. We already tested with PJ before Christmas and he knows the bike inside out, so hopefully we’ll be able to be competitive straight away. I’m really looking forward to the start of the season. I would also like to give a big thank you to all the sponsors who kept believing and supporting this project.”

Marco Chini, Honda's WorldSBK Operations Manager: “We’re happy to have PJ under Honda’s wing for the 2016 season. Last year he showed everybody what he’s capable of and he surely deserved this new shot at the title. PJ’s talent, combined with Ten Kate’s vast experience in the series, make us very confident for the season ahead.”


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Happy for PJ and nice to see 2 Yanks back in the series. Hopefully PJ can learn a thing or 2 from Nicky. Sounds promising.

Great news for a hard working American racer. PJ deserves this opportunity and I hope his team can give him the right package to fight at the front from round one. Looks like I need to invest in the pass along with my subscription.

While I know I'm unlikely to win the big lotto, I keep playing. The dream is worth the few bucks. The list of 'more likely's' is long - Struck by lightning, Date a supermodel, etc. but one big lotto that is within reach is to have both Americans win world championships this year. It feels good just thinking about it. Both PJ and Nicky up near the top of the points all year and then both of them taking the championships with great battles at the last race of the year. Sure is fun thinking about it!

When I first came across this press release last week, I remember finding it odd. "That's nice.. But wasn't his deal all locked up last fall? And how come no mention CORE motorsports?" It appears to be yet another case of a sponsor backing out at the last minute, to leave rider and team swinging in the wind. Some more details on the situation emerged here:

It’s a bit depressing that a guy with obvious talent (he finished 2nd in the championship last year despite having another team/manufacturer [Intermoto Kawasaki] fold out from under him part way through the season) would find himself without a ride again, this close to the start of the season.

I’m really glad to see that Honda and Ten Kate swooped in to save PJ last week. But I wish this kind of situation wasn’t nearly as common as it’s become in recent years.