American fans will have a lot of reasons to follow the World Superbike championship next year. After Nicky Hayden confirmed that he will be switching to WSBK with the Ten Kate Honda for 2016 and 2017, today, confirmation came that PJ Jacobsen is to remain in World Supersport for next year to take another shot at the championship.
The American is to stay with his current Core Motorsport Thailand team, riding a Honda CBR600RR. Both the team and the bike will get a major boost next year, however, as Ten Kate Honda have announced they will be partnering the team in 2016. Core and Ten Kate will be running the Honda World Supersport effort together, meaning that Jacobsen will have faster even better prepared CBR600RRs, and faster access to new and upgraded parts.
The goal of the team is to challenge Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel for the World Supersport title next year. Since the Kawasaki Intermoto team folded back in May, and Jacobsen replaced Ratthapark Wilairot in the Core Motorsports team, Jacobsen has finished on the podium in every race, including two wins at Sepang and Magny-Cours. In a stable environment and more competitive machinery, the American should be able to give the Sofuoglu and Cluzel a run for their money in 2016.
The press release from Honda announcing the new team structure appears below:
CORE” Motorsport Thailand heads into 2016 with Ten Kate and Honda
Honda is delighted that Thailand-based CORE” Motorsport has confirmed a strengthening of existing ties with Ten Kate Racing as it prepares for the 2016 World Supersport Championship season with Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen.
CORE” Motorsport Thailand began the 2015 season with a Honda CBR600RR prepared by Ten Kate Racing, the Netherlands team behind nine World Supersport Championship titles from Fabien Foret in 2002 to Michael van der Mark in 2014.
The squad took its first championship victory with Ratthapark Wilairot at Buriram in round two in March on the occasion of the championship’s very first visit to Thailand and the team was joined by Jacobsen at the end of May.
American Jacobsen has since finished on the podium in each of the five races he has contested on the CBR600RR, taking victory at Sepang in Malaysia and in the last round ay Magny-Cours in France. With the final round coming up this weekend at Losail in Qatar, the 22-year-old has already secured runner-up position in the series.
CORE” Motorsport Thailand will become a fully-fledged partner with Ten Kate Racing for the 2016 season with additional support from Honda through access to special parts and its wider bonus system.
Core Chematis is a nutraceutical manufacturer based in Thailand. Director Pawee Pandumrongsatid said of the agreement: “I’m really happy for this fantastic opportunity with Ten Kate Racing and Honda. Next season will be a great experience for us in world motorsport. Hopefully this will help to continue the development of motorsport in Thailand and in Asia.
“It’s great to have PJ on board again for 2016,” he continued. “He brings a lot of strength and confidence to the team and he has become one of the best riders in the championship. The team is like a family and we are really looking forward to sharing strong results again next season.”
Ronald ten Kate commented: “We’re very happy that one of our strongest satellite teams ever has forged even stronger ties with us for 2016. Together we will be running the Ten Kate Honda effort in the World Supersport championship
“Results from 2015 have already shown how strong the CORE” team is with PJ Jacobsen,” added ten Kate. “I think that, now we are joining forces, we will be even stronger for the future. Pawee is a huge fan of motorsport in general and is very passionate about going racing and winning, which completely matches the Ten Kate racing philosophy!”