Tyco Suzuki’s American sensation PJ Jacobsen produced a stunning debut performance earlier today at Cadwell Park, qualifying his GSX-R1000 in fourth place for tomorrow’s opening race of the British Superbike Championship eighth round.
His team-mate Josh Brookes crashed out whilst on a hot lap during the final stages of the ‘Q3’ qualifying session, but still managed seventh place for tomorrow’s opening race at the Bank Holiday meeting in Lincolnshire.
A delighted but pragmatic 20-year-old Jacobsen said: “Yeah it was a good qualifying for the first time being here I guess. I’m happy enough with fourth. I rode the best I could there in qualifying and the boys did a great job with my Tyco Suzuki. We’ve just made little improvements as the weekend has gone on, and as I get more and more confidence over the jump, I think we can get an even better lap time – but yeah all good.”
Josh Brookes was also upbeat after qualifying despite his crash at Barn, saying: “Even without the crash we were a little slower than we needed to be, but I knew that would be the case as we’re trying things with the bike and using this as an opportunity to unveil anything that we haven’t tried or discovered before. We’ve gone away from the normal strategy this weekend and are trying a few things, but to fall off was just me trying hard. You get to the final qualifying and I wanted to try as hard as I could and I just pushed the front. It was never going to be an amazing lap but it was definitely one of the best laps that I’d been on. I’m not hurt and the bike is not too bad so we should be in good shape for the opening race tomorrow.”
Team Manager Philip Neill added: “We never like to get carried away in this team, but that was a very impressive debut performance at Cadwell Park on a Superbike by anyone’s standards. PJ has chipped away and made great progress all weekend and fourth place is credit to PJ, his crew and the GSX-R1000. Josh had a little slip-off at the end, but we can’t fault him for trying hard. There’s no major damage done to bike or rider and although the third row is not ideal, Josh has the experience and determination not to let it be an obstacle.”
British Superbike Qualifying:
1 – Alex Lowes [Honda] 1:26.708
2 – Shane Byrne [Kawasaki] +0.652s
3 – James Ellison [Yamaha] +1.003s
4 – PJ Jacobsen [Tyco Suzuki] +1.026s
5 – Tommy Bridewell [Kawasaki] +1.178s
6 – Ryuichi Kiyonari [Honda] +1.253s
7 – Josh Brookes [Tyco Suzuki] +1.558s
1pm – British Superbike Race 1 [18 laps]
3.30pm – British Supersport Race 2 [16 laps]
4.30pm – British Superbike Race 2 [18 laps]