Triple M Honda World Superbike Team collect valuable points In Italy

After competing in only its fifth WorldSBK round this weekend at Imola, the Triple M Honda World Superbike team saw their American rider PJ Jacobsen qualify as the top Honda rider in Superpole on Saturday and then score a 14th place finish in race two on Sunday.

On what appeared to be a challenging layout for all the Honda competitors around the classic 4.936km long circuit, Triple M and Jacobsen made use of experience gained during a recent test session at Brno in the Czech Republic. This helped them to become the highest ranked Honda squad in Superpole, with PJ qualifying 17th on the grid.

A technical issue prevented PJ from competing in race one on Saturday, but a determined ride in race two saw Jacobsen collect more championship points for 14th place.

Down in 19th in the first few laps of race two, PJ made up ground and benefited from other riders’ misfortunes as he moved his way up to his final finishing position of 14th. He was Honda’s only points scorer this weekend. After five of 13 rounds, PJ is now ranked 17th overall, with 17 points to his credit.

Hot and humid conditions graced the Imola race weekend, with a marginally warmer track surface being evident in race two, during which PJ had his first chance to see how his machine and tyre selections would work in the heat of battle.

The next WorldSBK venue for the Triple M Honda World Superbike Team will be Donington Park in the UK, with race days on 26 and 27 May. PJ has a season of experience riding in the BSB championship, in 2013, and will be looking forward to challenging the most experienced Superbike riders and teams in the world once again, at a track he knows well.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

Imola is a pretty good track for me and I like this place a lot, but it was a little bit of a difficult weekend. We were the first Honda team in qualifying, which is a positive thing. We just did not get to start race one, which was the problem. Then again, this team is brand new and everybody has been working hard the first time here with the Honda. We have to keep looking at things positively, even if sometimes it does not look that good on paper. In the end we will arrive, so we just need to keep working hard. We got in the points in race two so that is pretty positive, and we will just keep chipping away

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

This was a very difficult track and also all the Hondas seemed to struggle a little over the weekend here. We got two points today which were the maximum from Honda this weekend. Yesterday we had a small issue which did not allow us to take part, so the Sunday race was actually race one for us this weekend. It is what it is, but we struggled a little bit and let us wait and see how it is in the next race in the UK.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Italian Round

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy

WorldSBK 2018, Round 5

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Sunday 13 May 2018, 11:41 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34’03.420
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.019
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.530
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 13 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +14.159
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 11 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +15.479
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +16.162
7 Michael Rinaldi ITA 9 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +17.197
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 8 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +17.554
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 7 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +22.331
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +30.176
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +30.267
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +40.061
13 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 3 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +51.973
14 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 2 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +55.268
15 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’09.455
16 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1’43.833
NC Marco Melandri 33 ITA 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS 0 SPB Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF

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Saturday 12 May 2018, 12:06 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 50%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33’58.989
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +3.755
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.906
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +8.191
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +15.550
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +19.339
7 Michael Rinaldi ITA 9 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +22.522
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +25.772
9 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 7 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +30.269
10 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 6 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +30.377
11 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 5 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +30.660
12 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 4 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +34.188
13 Loris Baz 76 FRA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +36.494
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 2 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +36.671
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 1 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +38.041
16 Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +41.312
17 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +55.007
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’07.522
NC Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
NC Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS 0 SPB Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Jason O’Halloran 20 AUS 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF

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Saturday 12 May 2018, 11:49 UTC
  • Air Temp: 224°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 236°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1’45.797
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.312
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.365
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.430
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.892
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.895
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.023
8 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.056
9 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.124
10 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.318
11 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.750
12 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.913
13 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
14 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
18 Jason O’Halloran 20 AUS Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
19 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
21 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +
22 Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS SPB Racing Team Kawasaki +

242

Friday 11 May 2018, 16:39 UTC
  • Air Temp: 242°C
  • Humidity: 57%
  • Ground Temp: 39°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1’46.686
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.000
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.440
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.710
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.775
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.782
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.843
8 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.877
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.886
10 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.911
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.977
12 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.051
13 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.053
14 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.601
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.730
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.849
17 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.338
18 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.669
19 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.792
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.051
21 Jason O’Halloran 20 AUS Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +3.573
22 Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS SPB Racing Team Kawasaki +4.288

Rider Standings
Sunday, 13 May 2018 – Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 209 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 162 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 137 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 131 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 124 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 113 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 92 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 58 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 52 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 52 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
11 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 42 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Michael RINALDI ITA 39 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
13 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 33 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
14 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 32 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
15 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 31 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
16 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 27 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
17 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 17 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 17 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
19 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 10 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
21 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 7 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki

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