PJ Jacobsen will graduate to the World Superbike championship in 2018 with the new TripleM Honda squad who will make its class debut next season.

The TripleM Honda squad confirmed its move into WorldSBK earlier this month and has secured American Jacobsen for 2018 who has spent the past four campaigns in the World Supersport championship – finishing runner-up in 2015 including two wins on a Honda.

Jacobsen has some experience with Superbike machinery having spent 2013 in the MCE British Superbike championship with Tyco Suzuki while he’s also competed in the Endurance World Championship for F.C.C TSR Honda.

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The American rider is relishing his full-time switch to WorldSBK and despite both he and the team being rookies for 2018 is confident of getting up to speed quickly.

“I’m very excited to be making my World Superbike debut with TripleM Honda WSBK Team,” Jacobsen said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be finally racing in this class and I want to thank the team and Honda for making this possible.

“Both the team and I will be rookies in the WorldSBK championship so there’ll surely be a lot to learn, but it’s a challenge that stimulates me and I can’t wait to get started.

“I enjoyed racing the Fireblade in the EWC two years ago and I love riding 1000cc bikes, so I’m looking forward to trying the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.”

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Well this should be interesting

Curious to see if another Honda team will get better results out of the blade.

Two Americans with Jake Gagne. Two French with Baz and Guintoli??

Ooh, hadn't heard about Gagne...is that confirmed anywhere?