PJ Jacobsen in 2017 World Supersport
Following a year in the British Superbike Championship (2013, Tyco Suzuki, 9th overall), America’s PJ Jacobsen moved to World Supersport. Riding for the Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki team, the New York native became the only American in World Supersport.
In 2014 WorldSSP, Jacobsen finished sixth overall, obtaining two podiums. He remained aboard the Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja through half of 2015 WSS, before moving to the CORE Motorsport Thailand team aboard a Honda CBR600RR. That year, he achieved seven podiums, including two wins, and finished second overall. He also became the first American to ever claim a podium position and win during the Malaysian round at Sepang.
Following a fourth overall with the Honda team in 2016 World Supersport, Jacobsen’s future in WSS was uncertain. But this changed this week when MV Agusta reported that the 23-year-old Jacobsen will pilot the F3 675 for the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team for the 2017 World Supersport season. He and World Superbike's Nicky Hayden (Honda WorldSBK Team) are the only Americans currently competing in the international racing series.
“I’m really looking forward to this new adventure with MV Agusta. To be joining with the Italian manufacturer is a privilege,” Jacobsen says. “Already having a test on the bike in Jerez, I felt really comfortable on the bike after a few sessions.
“I’m really looking forward this year with MV and seeing what we can accomplish. I’m excited to get to some more tests on the bike and than ready to go to round 1. Thanks MV Agusta for this opportunity!”
Jacobsen is the perfect candidate to help MV Agusta achieve its first World Supersport title. His credentials speak for themselves.
The Montgomery, N.Y., racer began riding at three, and has a strong passion for dirt track racing. Throughout his career, he has earned over 30 amateur titles in the states. A 125 US Champion, he also claimed AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year, and finished fifth at CEV 125 after entering the MotoGP academy. He has collected wins in BSB Superstock, Supersport and Superbike.