New Tyco Suzuki British Superbike signing PJ Jacobsen tested the GSX-R1000 for the first time at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

The American rookie caused a stir last season, picking up wins in the National Superstock 1000 and Supersport 600 classes during selected outings for the Ulster team.

Jacobsen's reward was a promotion to the Superbike series in 2013 alongside Australian star Josh Brookes, who pushed Shane 'Shakey' Byrne all the way in a thrilling title race last year.

And the 19-year-old New Yorker was raving about the performance of the big Suzuki following his first ride on the bike.

"It was just like, wow! There's a lot to learn as there are so many things on the Superbike compared to the Superstock bike, and it will take a couple of tests to get 100 per cent comfortable, but all in all it was a progressive day," said Jacobsen.

"I was surprised how smooth and usable the power was on the Superbike and by the end of the day we were doing consistent lap times.

"I'm pretty pleased how we have started and I'm looking forward to day two on the big Suzuki."

Brookes wasted no time in blowing off the cobwebs as he set a scorching pace at Kirkistown and closed to within a few tenths of his fastest ever lap of the Irish championship circuit, despite the low spring temperatures.

"It was great to be back out on track and despite coming from 30-degree heat at home in Australia to single-digit stuff here at Kirkistown, we completed a successful opening day," he said.

"I got within a few tenths of my quickest-ever lap-time around here, despite the cold conditions and using our new Ohlins suspension for the very first time, so I'm pleased with how it all went."

Taylor Mackenzie, who will ride the team's Supersport machine, arrived late in Northern Ireland due to flight delays as a result of fog, but got to grips with the GSX-R600 in the afternoon.


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