Jacobsen Takes Maiden Podium

/ September 23, 2013
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PJ Jacobsen scored his first British Superbike podium at Assen over the weekend, the superbike rookie taking second place in the final results of race two.

After a technical issue in qualifying the Tyco Suzuki rider was forced to start the opening race of the weekend from row six, but the young American battled through the pack to take a very commendable seventh place.

Jacobsen was running just behind teammate Brookes in race two, but Brookes unfortunately crashed out at the chicane. Jacobsen eventually crossed the line in third place, but was promoted to second following Alex Lowes’ disqualification for an incident involving Shane Byrne, which saw Byrne crash out.

Jacobsen said afterwards, “After a tough start to the weekend it’s great to get my first British Superbike podium with the Tyco Suzuki guys.

“That’s two years in a row that I’ve been on the podium here at Assen with Tyco Suzuki, so a big thanks to the whole team for the effort, as the weekend was not without its difficulties.

“We go to Silverstone, next which I also enjoying riding so I’m leaving the Netherlands in a good frame of mind.”

Josh Brookes remains in the championship hunt, his crash in race two fortunately not costing him too dearly, with both Byrne and Lowes failing to score, too.

He said, “It certainly wasn’t an ideal weekend for me, but with Alex getting excluded from the race two results we’re still in the championship hunt.

“The crash in race two was just down to me trying as hard as I could to gain maximum points and I just over-rode slightly.

“That’s the nature of the Showdown, we all want to win and I’m sure it was great viewing for the fans but the focus is now on Silverstone where we need to be winning races if we’re to go to Brands with a chance of winning this championship.”