Triple M Honda World Superbike Team in the points again at Brno

In the seventh round of the championship first year WorldSBK entrants the Triple M Honda World Superbike Team scored points in race two at Brno, with a weekend best of 13th for American PJ Jacobsen and his CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

After a test at the same Czech circuit after the Assen round of the championship a few weeks ago, the rookie 2018 Triple M Honda team had useful data to work with on the first day of free practice. Unfortunately they found three different sets of weather or track conditions on that opening day, from fully wet to warm and sunny.

Having been 20th going into Superpole 1 at the end of play on Friday, Jacobsen qualified 17th on the grid for race one on Saturday.

PJ was in a points scoring position for some of race one, but he finished 16th, and just a fraction of a second from the rider in front. Race one was eventually run over 16-laps, not the planned 18, after a red flag incident and then a false start, due to a fault with the startline lighting system.

Race two at Brno went the scheduled 18 laps, and was held in warmer air and track conditions than race one. PJ moved up to 13th place by lap 14 and stayed there until he took the chequered flag. This was his eighth points scoring finish of his and his team’s maiden season in WorldSBK.

Jacobsen remains 18th in the championship table thanks to the three points he scored today in the Czech Republic. A special race is coming up for PJ, as he returns to home soil in America for the Laguna Seca round of the championship, on 23 and 24 June.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

We got some points today and it was an OK race, but 13th is still not where I want to be. We had some quite different temperatures here at Brno from when we tested, and the race today was extremely hot. It seemed nobody had much grip. We just have to keep improving everything, and each time we go out we find something. We will just keep improving. It is my home race next. I have not been to Laguna Seca in a long time, since 2011 I think. I will try my hardest there try to and get a good set-up with the bike.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

On Friday things were not consistent because the condition of the track was completely different to the test we did here one month ago. We scored three points today and until the middle of the race the three Hondas set the same rhythm. Our target, honestly, is a top ten and PJ did a good job. His lap times were consistent and we found something good for him in the bike in qualifying. Today we made another step. For us, it is our first season and we still have to learn. PJ was happy about the behaviour of the bike and we look forward in a positive way to Laguna Seca. It is his home race and he is going to give 200% to be near the front.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Czech Round

Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

WorldSBK 2018, Round 7

Dry / 27

Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 11:40 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 50%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 25 Pata Yamaha Yamaha 36’23.516
2 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 20 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.167
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +7.649
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +9.422
5 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +9.716
6 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 10 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +12.967
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR 9 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +17.341
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 8 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +20.293
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 7 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +23.613
10 Román Ramos 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +24.670
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +25.106
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +25.212
13 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 3 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +28.172
14 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +31.659
15 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 1 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +32.407
16 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +36.305
17 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +39.367
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +44.976
NC Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
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