Portimão a stiff test for Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

The Triple M Honda World Superbike Team got its season back underway under the warm sunshine of a Portuguese autumn after the long summer break since the previous round at Misano in early July.

The first year WorldSBK team and rookie WorldSBK rider PJ Jacobsen took on the challenges of the heavily undulating and endlessly complex Portimão circuit over three free practice sessions on Friday 14th September, looking for an ideal set-up.

Optimum settings proved elusive and PJ entered Superpole 1 on Saturday in 17th position. He eventually qualified 18th on the grid for the first 20-lap WorldSBK race.

Flagged off at 13.00 local time in Portugal, the race saw PJ go from 17th on lap one to 14th and a points scoring position on lap nine. PJ dropped down the order and eventually retired when he felt a problem developing on his machine.

In race two on Sunday, which was started at the later time of 15.15, Jacobsen could not make early progress and finish 17th, not adding to his points score as a result. He is ranked 19th in the points table after ten rounds and 20 individual races.

The next WorldSBK meeting will be held at Magny Cours in France, between the 28 and 30 September.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

Yesterday’s race pace was not so bad and we could challenge for maybe 12th place, but then I had a small problem. Today we had a really good rhythm in the warm-up session but the race was totally different. We did not have the grip that we had over the rest of the weekend. No changes or anything but maybe we just did not have the grip.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

Yesterday PJ retired because near the end of the race as he felt a vibration with his bike. The mechanical and electronic checks showed that that everything was OK, but we could see on the data that the bike was shaking. It may be related to the tyres or something else, so we are investigating. Today the grip level was less than yesterday, but we expected something good because in the warm-up PJ had a good rhythm but in the race it was difficult. We all must do something to show that the championship is not finished so we are looking for better results in the next rounds.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2018, Round 10


Sunday 16 Sep 2018, 14:50 UTC
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# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34’25.661
2 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 20 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.189
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.813
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.594
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.834
6 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +11.417
7 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 9 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +11.732
8 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 8 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +12.507
9 Loris Baz 76 FRA 7 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +12.741
10 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 6 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +18.973
11 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 5 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +20.244
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +20.943
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 3 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +23.395
14 Leon Camier 2 GBR 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +31.216
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 1 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +32.183
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +33.076
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +45.173
NC Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
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