Triple M Honda continue progress at Donington

After a Donington Park WorldSBK weekend that featured different track and weather conditions across the three days the Triple M Honda World Superbike went away with another point on the board, and more lessons learned for the rookie team in overall machine set-up on their CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

American PJ Jacobsen was on strong form on the first day in the early wet sessions, and was 17th after the final dry session on Friday, one place behind the rider who is currently second in the championship.

In Superpole 1 PJ was 19th, ahead of six other riders, including Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider and compatriot Jake Gagne.

In Race One, PJ was 18th on lap one, but worked his way to 16th and then 15th on the 23rd and final lap, scoring a championship point. At the end of the second race PJ was to finish 16th, but had been running in 14th place for several laps. He eventually missed out on a second race point score by a fraction of a second.

Jacobsen is ranked 18th overall in the championship table after the sixth round of 13, with a current total of 18 points and the next points scoring opportunity will take place at the Brno circuit in the Czech republic, a returning venue to the WorldSBK calendar in 2018 after not featuring for a few years.

The Triple M Honda World Superbike Team tested at Brno after the Assen round and that should help their combined efforts for the next round itself, which will be held between 8th and 10th June.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

In the wet on Friday we were pretty strong, top ten in the full wet conditions. That was pretty positive and the bike was working quite well. In the dry we were just missing a few things. Even riding and trying to stay with Camier was a bit different with the grip levels. I believe that if I can get the same grip and braking as the other Honda riders have I would be close to doing the same job as him. I rode BSB Superbike here at Donington in the past but it was a bit difficult to manage the package this weekend. We just need to step up the game a little bit.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

If we look at Saturday’s race we can be happy about the result and we were also confident today because the rhythm was better in the Warm Up session. In Race Two we finished the race four seconds closer to the leader than in Race One, but at the end of the race the grip was not the best and PJ struggled a bit and also some drops of rain upset his rhythm a bit. The gap is still big to the front but every race we complete, we are making a small step.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

UK Round

Donington Park, United Kingdom

WorldSBK 2018, Round 6

Dry / 23

Sunday 27 May 2018, 12:41 UTC
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C

#RiderNumNationality Nat.Points Pts.TeamConstructor Constr.Time/Gap
1 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 25 Pata Yamaha Yamaha 34’02.406
2 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 20 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.328
3 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +2.614
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.894
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 11 Racing Ducati +4.797
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +8.224
7 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 9 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +9.169
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +18.488
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 7 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +19.964
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +20.207
11 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 5 Racing Ducati +23.803
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 4 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +28.845
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA 3 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +29.741
14 Luke Mossey GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +31.156
15 Bradley Ray 28 GBR 1 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +33.321
16 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +34.175
17 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +47.350
18 Niccolò Canepa 94 ITA 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +47.701
19 Gino Rea 44 GBR 0 OMG Racing Suzuki Suzuki +57.365
NCMason Law 55 GBR 0 WD40 Kawasaki Kawasaki DNF
NCEugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NCRomán Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
NCXavi Fores 12 SPA 0 BARNI Racing Team Ducati DNF
NCLeon Haslam 91 GBR 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki DNF
NCMichael Rinaldi ITA 0 Racing Ducati DNF
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