American PJ Jacobsen Claims World Supersport Pole Position At Sepang

PJ Jacobsen

On pole for the World Supersport race at Sepang, PJ Jacobsen is sporting a new Tagger Designs paint scheme on his Arai helmet this weekend.

American PJ Jacobsen earned the first pole position of his World Supersport career on Saturday at the 3.44-mile Sepang International Circuit.

The CORE Motorsport Thailand rider lapped the 15-turn Malaysian track in 2 minutes, 8.244 seconds, which is just 0.059 seconds slower than the lap record for the class set last year by three-time WSS champ Kenan Sofuoglu. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Sofuoglu and MV Agusta factory pilot Jules Cluzel rounded out the front row of the grid.

Jacobsen was interviewed after the session. “I think there was bit more in it, like 2:07.9,” he admitted. “I messed up a couple tenths getting out of the seat, and it really cost me on my lap. I was watching Cluzel the whole time—you know him and throwing down a really fast lap. If we were on the front row for tomorrow’s race, it was good enough.”

Prior to laying down his dramatic pole lap, Jacobsen was already thinking about the performance that will be needed to win Sunday’s 14-lap race. “I did a little race stint in the beginning of qualifying,” he said. “If I can hold that pace, low 2:09s, tomorrow in this heat, it will be great. It think it will put you on the podium, maybe winning the race.”

The New Yorker also recognized Sofuoglu, whose infant son recently died. “He’s a really strong guy,” Jacobsen said. “Coming here to race this weekend is amazing. He’s definitely a hero on my list.”

Jacobsen’s best finishes thus far this season are a pair of seconds at Misano and Motorland Aragon. He is currently third overall in the championship behind Sofuoglu and Cluzel.

PJ Jacobsen

On pole for the World Supersport race at Sepang, PJ Jacobsen is sporting a new Tagger Designs paint scheme on his Arai helmet this weekend.

American PJ Jacobsen earned the first pole position of his World Supersport career on Saturday at the 3.44-mile Sepang International Circuit.

The CORE Motorsport Thailand rider lapped the 15-turn Malaysian track in 2 minutes, 8.244 seconds, which is just 0.059 seconds slower than the lap record for the class set last year by three-time WSS champ Kenan Sofuoglu. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Sofuoglu and MV Agusta factory pilot Jules Cluzel rounded out the front row of the grid.

Jacobsen was interviewed after the session. “I think there was bit more in it, like 2:07.9,” he admitted. “I messed up a couple tenths getting out of the seat, and it really cost me on my lap. I was watching Cluzel the whole time—you know him and throwing down a really fast lap. If we were on the front row for tomorrow’s race, it was good enough.”

Prior to laying down his dramatic pole lap, Jacobsen was already thinking about the performance that will be needed to win Sunday’s 14-lap race. “I did a little race stint in the beginning of qualifying,” he said. “If I can hold that pace, low 2:09s, tomorrow in this heat, it will be great. It think it will put you on the podium, maybe winning the race.”

The New Yorker also recognized Sofuoglu, whose infant son recently died. “He’s a really strong guy,” Jacobsen said. “Coming here to race this weekend is amazing. He’s definitely a hero on my list.”

Jacobsen’s best finishes thus far this season are a pair of seconds at Misano and Motorland Aragon. He is currently third overall in the championship behind Sofuoglu and Cluzel.