PJ Jacobsen will be racing on the world circuit in 2012. The young American rider will join the PTR Honda team to compete in the World Supersport Championship.
Jacobsen, who raced in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class in 2011, will get his ifrst taste of the PTR Honda during a private test in early January. Jacobsen will then join the rest of the World Supersport grid for further testing at Phillip Island before the opening round of the 2012 season on February 26th.
“I’m very excited about returning to Europe to race in the World Super Sport class with my new team PTR Honda. I have always loved riding Hondas, and the 600 in particular is a fantastic bike,” Jacobsen said. “I know the reputation of PTR and Parkalgar, and I am proud to have the opportunity to ride with such an excellent team on such an incredible bike. I feel that the timing of this move is perfect. My experience and training so far have opened up this path for me to follow. But also, I know that in many ways I’ll be starting from the beginning again.
“There will be new people, new tracks, and new styles. There will be a lot to learn, but I intend to be competitive straightaway. I’ll need to work very hard to achieve success for myself and for my team but I know that I will have the complete support of Simon and the entire team. Thanks to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic who made this deal happen. I can’t wait to head over to the UK to begin!”
Jacobsen will join British rider Martin Jessop, who signed with the PTR Honda team earlier this week.
American Joshua Day will be racing in the World Supersport Championship in 2012. Day spent the 2011 season in the European Superstock 600 where he took two race wins, multiple podiums, and a few pole positions. Day finished second overall in the European Superstock 600 and is now ready for the World challenge.
Day will be able to stay on a Kawasaki during the 2012 season as he has just signed on to race with the Italian Go Eleven Team.
“I’m really glad to have been given this opportunity after such a great year with Kawasaki in STK 600 and I’m going to do my best to give Go Eleven the results they deserve,” Day said. I have to thank Gianni Ramello of Team Go Eleven for putting his faith in me and also Kawasaki, Leo Vince, Gina Nadeau from Competition Sports, and Gerry Bryce from Racedays for working so hard to put this package together. I know most of the circuits now, and I know I can be fast on the Kawasaki so we’ll be going for the win from day one.”
Day will be riding for team owner Gianni Ramello on the Go Eleven team.
“When I first saw Josh in Stock 600 I had a dream to have him in my team,” Ramello said. “Now the dream has become reality! I think that Josh has really great qualities and that together we can do great things. The team is very excited about this and we cannot wait to start working. I believe in young people and the philosophy of my team is to give them the opportunity to advance. And so I wanted Josh to join us and I will also continue with the talented Christian Gamarino in STK 600. Thanks to Kawasaki and to all those who are so enthusiastic to take part in this project – the mechanics, and our great team manager Denis Sacchetti. I’m sure that Josh is really the right man for this team and I feel that we can take away great satisfaction.”
Martin Jessop will be competing in the 2012 World Supersport series this year with the PRT Honda team. Jessop, a proven British Superbike rider, will bring motorcycle retail chain Riders with him as he joins the WSS.
Jessop has raced in both the British Superbike and British Supersport series and is now ready to move on to the world stage.
“I am over the moon to have 2012 all sorted. I said at the end of the 2011 season my objective was to get into the World Championship and Supersport was my best opportunity,” Jessop said. “I sat down with my team and Riders and we wanted a squad at the sharp end of the Championship so I would know I had a good bike and proven package. The British based PTR team was my number one choice and to get a ride with them was brilliant – it’s not often that a racer gets his first choice so I can honestly say I could not be happier.”
Jessop will get his first chance to test the PTR Honda during a private test in Europe in January. Jessop will also be at the testing session at Phillip Island before the opening round of the series on February 26th.
Martini Corse and Italian company Pata are teaming up to bring a team to the 2012 World Supersport Championship. The Pata by Martini team took the title win in the CIV Italian Superstock 600 class and it is now ready to compete on the world stage.
The Pata By Martini Team will bring CIV champion Dino Lombardi over to the World Supersport team. Pata By Martini will also race Francesco Cocco and Luca Salvadori in both the Italian and European Superstock 600.
“Pata’s entry as title sponsor of our team is great satisfaction for us, both on a human and professional level,” commented team leader Claudio Quintarelli. “I am delighted that a brand such as Pata, which is already involved in World Supersbike, has decided to consolidate its partnership with our team. With this level of support, we can expect to be protagonists in 2012.”
The Pata By Martini Team has completed several tests in preparation for the 2012 World Supersport Championship which begins on February 26th at Phillip Island.
Luca Scassa, the current World Supersport leader, will not be allowed to compete in the upcoming World Supersport race at Misano. Scassa broke an FIM rule by riding at the circuit during an unofficial time, and has been suspended for one race.
Scassa apparently rode a standard R1 at the Misano track earlier this year instead of at Yamaha ParkinGo’s designated testing circuit at Motorland Aragon. The incident occurred while Scassa was riding as an instructor.
Scassa won the first two races of the 2011 World Supersport series, and now sits in a tie for first with his teammate Chaz Davies. Davies will more than likely take the series lead at Misano. Broc Parkes, who is just 10 points behind the leaders, could also move ahead of Scassa after Misano.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com