PJ Jacobsen Back In World Supersport With Ten Kate-backed Core Motorsports

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!”

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Awesome news!! I hope he rocks it next year. Some continuity should be very beneficial. I really wish we could see Gagne, Beaubier, Beach and a few others over in the paddock too, if not in Moto2.

why is everyone trying to rush the motoamerica guys to the world stage? there was an article in which even wayne rainey said that they need to prove themselves before moving up. just ask josh herrin.

Herrin never should have gone. I understand why he did, and I can't blame him, but he wasn't fast enough. He never won the title in DSB. In Superbikes he only won due to extraordinary circumstances. Think about it: the series had been seriously truncated, DMG were calling some jump starts on Hayes that had people wondering just what were they smoking, and overall the shortened season meant that any mistake was punished severely. I remember one race where Hayes was given a 5 second penalty for jumping the start, and he still managed to win the race. The next time around they did it to him again and he was just under 5 seconds ahead of Herrin at the checkered flag. Herrin had no idea he had won and rightly so considering he finished almost 5 seconds behind his teammate. He never beat Hayes outright.
Meanwhile Cam Beaubier has shown amazing speed, and he's been to Europe before. Go back and you can see races where he chased down Hayes to pass and beat him. Cam has speed that Herrin never had. He dominated DSB, Herrin never did. To say that Herrins failure in Moto2 is indicative of the performance we can expect from Beaubier simply doesn't fly.

This is great news overall for the American fans like myself. I actually started following WSS because of PJ & I wish more American riders were able to get to a world stage & duke it out w/the likes of Rea, Marquez, Zarco, Kent, etc. It's quite sad to see Laguna Seca & Indianapolis no longer part of MotoGP calendar. The sport just needs more positive publicity & spotlight here in the States; we all hope MotoAmerica reformation will achieve that in coming years & make ways for upcoming young guns. For sure, riders themselves play a big role in that - think of how many people watch MotoGP because of Valentino, for example.

You'll be surprised how many people do not understand what this sport is all about here in U.S.... things they 1st think of when sportbikes are mentioned are: "dangerous, too fast, hooligans, bike gangs, etc." (Most rather watch men banging into one another chasing after an oval shaped ball.) They just have a negative mentality towards motorcycles. Part of that is due to the infrastructure & culture where bikes are not a typical mode of transportation - like in Europe, Asia, S. America - but rather a hobby.

Sorry about the rant. But I'll be rooting for PJ & Nicky & follow WSBK championship rather closely next season!

Anyone know if there will be any significant updates to the Fireblade 1000RR? Because that machine is lacking quite a bit...

The rumor is a new bike for '17.

I will try to follow WSS next season, sounds like it's a close class with some good racing.

I have followed PJ closely since he started in WSS. He demonstrated himself to be a quick study when tackling new venues. He gained speed every session to become remarkably competitive by the race (particularly so after his team built him a new Kawasaki last season). This season he showed world title speed after he moved to the Honda. I think he is still learning because he is getting faster and faster when compared to those generally at the front of the grid. I never saw Herrin with that kind of talent or commitment. Once he was on his own, he foundered badly. PJ has always been on his own.

Cam B is an interesting talent. He has been beaten by his elderly teammate, but then Josh Hayes proved himself competitive on the world stage when he got his couple of guest rides. So probably Cam B would be a force in WSB too. Meanwhile, young Joe Roberts is suddenly going to a new level. He had a couple of surprising rides early on, followed by some disappointing rides and inconsistent speed. But this season he quickly got up to Graves speed and actually was their fastest R6 rider at the end when they bumped him to the top 600 class. I'd like to see him in Europe sooner rather than later. MotoAmerica probably needs a few young studs to keep their program growing, so it might take awhile longer. Meanwhile, PJ wasn't a coddled Graves rider. He was always a privateer trying to get to the next level with Celtic Racing owned by an Irishman named Barry Gilsenen. I think his is a great story.

I first noticed PJ when he came to British Superbikes on a supersport bike before trying his hqnd on a Superbike. Pleasant well spoken talented young man. We have another talented American rider in supersport called James Rispoli who is now achieving regular podiums.

To anyone on the other side of pond who wants to get into World Superbikes, please look at BSB as a stepping stone. Best domestic championship in the world!