Tuesday, November 27, 2012
2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie of the Year PJ Jacobsen Heading to British Superbike Championship Series for 2013
Round 3 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season saw the series return to action after the long Daytona season-opener break at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multipurpose Arena for the final running of the Springfield TT on May 26.
One of the riders on-hand that evening who would try to race his way into the National main from among the 55 riders entered was 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie of the Year, PJ Jacobsen. Contesting his #99 Moroney's 800 FastHog.com/Weiss Racing/Revit/Shoei-sponsored Honda CRF450R, the part time flat tracker managed to qualify in the 2nd-place position behind fast qualifier and 2010 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Champion Jeffrey Carver, Jr., and just in front of 3rd-fastest and eventual event winner, Henry Wiles. Jacobsen and a few other riders get ready to head out for the final round of qualifying in the shot above.
Unfortunately for Jacobsen his evening didn't go as planned, as he was involved in a nasty crash during his heat race 2 that saw him knocked out of commission for the rest of the weekend after hitting the ground hard and suffering what was reported as a concussion due to being hit by several other contenders.
Thankfully, his year went much better after the Memorial Day running of the TT, as PJ headed across the pond to contest the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship Series, run in conjunction with the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, for the Tyco Suzuki squad. He finished the season ranked 11th in the series and also pulled off a win at the Donington Park round towards the end of the season. Also keep in mind, Jacobsen didn't start running the series until July and only contested five total rounds on the year, while also pulling off two more podiums in those events that he did compete in. Not bad numbers by anyone's calculator!
Tyco was so happy with his results that they have since signed the former flat track rookie of the year to their superbike squad for the 2013 season, which you can read more about below.
Congrats to PJ and we'll be watching him from afar as he competes in the BSB Championshio next year, and don't be suprised to see this fine young man duking it out for wins and the title in his first full year in the series!
Thanks to Roadracing World.com for this link to the official press release about PJ Jacobsen signing to ride for the Tyco Suzuki squad in the 2013 British Superbike Championship Series, which also includes a couple of great photos of PJ competing in the British Superstock Championship during the 2012 season: