European season complete for Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

The Triple M Honda World Superbike team finished the European rounds of what is a rookie season for both team and rider in the WorldSBK Championship with important lessons learned for the final two rounds of the year.The challenges of the Magny-Cours circuit were new for the Triple M team and PJ Jacobsen, and after Friday practice, Jacobsen qualified 17th of 21 riders on the grid, after Superpole 1 on Saturday morning.

The opening race took place at 13.00, the Sunday race at the new normal of 15.15, with each lasting for 21-laps of the 4.411km circuit in the very heart of the French countryside.

Moving up to 15th position in race one, a position he held from lap three to lap six; PJ would eventually drop down one place to finish 16th, and just one position away from scoring a championship point.

The second race, held in only slightly warmer conditions, saw PJ ride behind his countryman Jake Gagne for a time, ending up 17th and again just missing a championship point.

After 11 of the 13 rounds, PJ sits 19th overall in the championship standings.

WorldSBK will hold the next round in Argentina for the very first time, at the all-new El Villicum circuit, between 12th and 14th October.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

It has been quite difficult here but I am still trying every weekend. We have just got to keep moving forward and think positively. We have to keep doing our thing. It was quite a rough start but race two was OK. I still think we maybe picked the wrong tyre for race two. I liked the tyre I was on yesterday even though the gap was a bit more. With the changes we made for today we could have maybe been better with this tyre.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

It was not so bad this week but yesterday we struggled a bit with rear grip. Today the grip was not so bad; it is just that the tyre dropped after 15 laps. But the rhythm in the beginning was quite OK. It was the best of the weekend and we found something that worked well with this track. It is just sad that there was a drop with the tyre. We were close with Jake Gagne in the race and the rhythm was similar.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2018, Round 11

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Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 13:52 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34’16.364
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.804
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +3.552
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.879
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 11 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.505
6 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +11.477
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +15.077
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 8 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +17.339
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +17.655
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +22.725
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 5 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +23.257
12 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +23.637
13 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 3 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +26.756
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 2 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +28.178
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 1 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +29.292
16 Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +38.534
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +42.776
18 Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +46.765
19 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +52.689
NC Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA 0 Team ASPI BMW DNF
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