PJ Jacobsen has become the second American rider in the Ten Kate Racing Honda squad as he launches an attack on the World Supersport title after finishing runner-up last year.

The 22-year-old from Montgomery will work alongside former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden at the Honda squad in the supersport class as the Texan switches into World Superbikes for 2016.

Last year Jacobsen made a mid-season switch to Honda machinery with Core" Motorsport Thailand and clinched a maiden victory in just his third race with the team at Sepang. After injury ruled Jules Cluzel out of the final three rounds of the year Jacobsen became the sole challenger to eventual champion Kenan Sofuoglu and finished a comfortable second with two wins, five additional rostrum results and two pole positions in 2015.

Thanks to his impressive performances in the second half of the year Jacobsen has secured a full campaign with Ten Kate Racing and is fully focused on hunting a maiden WSS title.

"I feel really good going into the new season with Honda and I can't wait to get started," Jacobsen said. "It's great to have the opportunity to race with Honda and Ten Kate. The goals for the season are high; I finished second in the championship last year, so the only thing left is to get the number one spot.

"It's not going to be easy as there are a lot of competitive riders out there this year, but the key will be to be riding at the front, race in, race out. I intend to take every round as it comes though, starting at Phillip Island of course. I would like to thank Ten Kate and Honda for this opportunity; we'll do our best to make our fans proud."

After testing with the American at the end of 2015, team boss Ronald ten Kate is confident his new rider can become competitive almost immediately and hopes Jacobsen can repeat the feat of current WSBK rider Michael van der Mark who claimed the WSS championship in 2014 with the team.

"We're happy to confirm our World Supersport effort for 2016," ten Kate said. "PJ's perseverance has been rewarded and I believe we have now have the team, the bike and the rider to do well this year. We already tested with PJ before Christmas and he knows the bike inside out, so hopefully we'll be able to be competitive straight away. I'm really looking forward to the start of the season."

 

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