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Test spill fails to dampen Jacobsen's spirits
7 March 2013
New Tyco Suzuki recruit and British Superbike rookie PJ Jacobsen was expecting to feel the effects of a tumble this morning after coming to grief on the final day of a two-day shakedown at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland.
Jacobsen and team-mate Josh Brookes both fell victim to the cold temperatures at the Co Down circuit on Wednesday afternoon, escaping unhurt.
The 20-year-old New Yorker was having his first run on the GSX-R1000 and ahead of next week's official BSB test at Donington feels he has already made 'great progress'.
Jacobsen, a winner for Tyco Suzuki during selected rides in the National Superstock 1000 and Supersport classes in 2012, said: “Everything was working great today up until the crash and as Josh says; we just got caught out with the weather.
“From sitting on the bike late yesterday morning we have made great progress taking into consideration it was my first run on a Superbike.
“There's a lot to learn, which I'm happy to admit, but the boys have been great, Richard from Öhlins has done a superb job for us and Josh has also given me some valuable advice, as has Philip Neill,” he added.
“I'll be a bit stiff tomorrow but I'm looking forward to Donington next week as it's a circuit I have good memories of from last season.”
The team's new British Supersport rider, Taylor Mackenzie, worked tirelessly all day with his new crew as they improved both his set-up on the team's GSX-R600 and his lap times on his first visit to Kirkistown.
Mackenzie said: “It was another decent day for me. I really enjoyed riding the GSX-R600 and I feel I've clicked with it pretty well.
“The Kirkistown circuit is a good test for such a short lap and I think both the team and I learned a lot in such a short space of time, considering that I only really got two hours yesterday and half-a-day today.”
Team manager Philip Neill was satisfied overall with the results of the test, which he says served as a fitting lead in to the Donington shakedown.
“It's never a good sign to arrive at a circuit and be greeted by one of your mechanics carrying a dash in their hand, but I suppose broken bodywork and a bit of scratched metal indicate the start of a new season,” he said.
“On a positive note, a lot has been achieved in such a short space of time for both Josh and PJ and we come away from this with a lot of valuable information, not least from the hard work with Richard from Öhlins these past two days
“We will take these positives to Donington Park next week then onto Brands and Snetterton, after which we should be well ready to race and compete in both classes.”
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