American Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen will get an equipment change for his 2017 bid in the World Supersport Championship, jumping ship from Honda to the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team.
The move to MV Agusta will hopefully be a benefitical one for Jacobsen, as he starts his fourth full season in the World Supersport Championship. PJ was the 2015 runner-up in the Championship, and finished the 2016 season fourth overall.
The MV Agusta F3 675 has shown itself to be a title-contending machine, something that perhaps could not be said about the Honda CBR600RR that Jacobsen is leaving behind.
The 2017 season will still be a challenge though, with MV Agusta’s finanical outlook always a topic of conversation, and while the Reparto Corse team still chasing down electronic gremlins, due to the fact that the team cannot fully utilize the stock bike’s MVICS electronics package under the Supersport rules.
“I’m really looking forward to this new adventure with MV Agusta,” said Jacobsen, when talking to the WorldSBK.com website. “To join the Italian manufacturer is a privilege. Already having a test on the bike in Jerez, I felt really comfortable on the bike after a few sessions.
“I’m really looking forward to next year with MV and seeing what we can accomplish together. I’m excited to get to some more tests on the bike and then I’ll be ready to go for Round 1. Thanks to MV Agusta for this opportunity.”
It might be hard for American motorcycle racing fans to fit the World Supersport Championship into their queue of interests, but we think the 2017 season will be a good one to follow, and to throw some support behind PJ. He’s showing great promise in the WorldSBK paddock.