The second round of the World Super Sport race of 2016 was held yesterday at the Chang International Circuit, with PJ Jacobsen claiming third place after a heroic battle for the win throughout the spectacular 17-lap race.
It was PJ Jacobsen who took the early lead, leaving the chasing pack lead by Jules Cluzel to hunt his advantage down with the American over a second clear in the initial stages. With twelve laps to go, Cluzel began to eat into the lead and found himself behind the Honda rider and looking for a way through. Ten laps to go, the top four riders Jacobsen, Cluzel, Sofuoglu and Krummenacher found themselves in a four-way fight. With a lap and a half to go, Cluzel made his way through on Jacobsen for the lead due to a mistake from PJ running wide into turn 6. PJ continued his rhythm and got back onto the leading riders but was unable to make a pass before the finish line. With the next race back in Europe at Motor Land Aragon, the team have gathered some valuable data using the DDS cartridge and DDS Pro rear shock.
Big congratulations to the Honda Team for their hard work over the first two rounds of the World Championship.
PJ Jacobsen: "I didn’t want to walk out of here with a third place trophy, I wanted to win. We were able to lead almost the entire race but at the very end it was really hard to stop and get the bike turning, so I could not attack as hard as I’d wanted to. I’m happy with second place in the standings and we’ll make sure to find that extra bit for Aragon in order to give our very best up to the very last corner."
Ken Summerton, K-Tech: “This was a fantastic race and a flying start from PJ to lead the pack into turn 1. He showed throughout the 17 laps what a great rider he is and just a small mistake with 2 laps to go allowed Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu to pass. I am confident he would have been standing on the top spot on the podium. It is an honour to be working with such a great and professional team like Ten Kate and again I congratulate their hard work for preparing such a competitive motorcycle."
Local rider Ratthapong Wilairot (AP Honda Racing Thailand) recorded the fastest lap with a 1'38.618 and top of the time sheets on the opening day of action and qualified seventh but unfortunately crashed out in turn five on lap two, pushing hard to get on the back of the leading group. AP Honda Racing Team also use a Ten Kate prepared machine equipped with the latest DDS Cartridge kit and DDS Pro rear shock.
World Supersport returns in three weeks at Motorland Aragon on the 1-3 April. The Ten Kate Honda World Supersport CBR600RR is fitted with the latest DDS PRO shock, DDS cartridge kits and steering damper, which are available through all K-Tech dealers.