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PJ Jacobsen fights through extreme heat to finish official test on high note

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PJ Jacobsen and the Honda WorldSSP Team have concluded their two-day official test at Phillip Island, the last winter preparation they will have before the opening round of the season, which will start in three days time at the same venue.

The 22-year-old American was reunited with the same Honda CBR600RR he rode to the runner-up spot in the series last year, with the goal to find the best set up for the weekend ahead.

Despite the inconsistent weather encountered on the first day and a small crash this morning at Turn 2, Jacobsen was able to complete 119 laps of the Australian circuit ‰ÛÒ more than any other World Supersport rider on track ‰ÛÒ while trying different settings at the front and the rear of the bike, as well as evaluating new rear Ohlins suspension units. He eventually finished with the fourth fastest time (1‰Ûª34.415), which was set during the second of the four sessions ‰ÛÒ in much cooler conditions compared to today‰Ûªs extreme heat.
PJ Jacobsen in the pits
‰ÛÏIt was a really positive test at the end. Yesterday went particularly well and we were able to go through a lot of stuff, including new Ohlins suspensions," Jacobsen said.

"The team and I have just been working hard and I think we have finally found an encouraging point and we‰Ûªre looking forward to going into the weekend with a strong setup now. It was a shame I crashed; we were just playing with the new settings and trying to figure out the new rear end. I just got on the gas too early and the bike spun around. But I am sure we have it figured out and it now feels good, so I‰Ûªll make sure that it‰Ûªs not going to happen to me again!‰Û
PJ Jacobsen
World Supersport Practice Times

1 Randy Krummenacher 21 SWI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'33.678
2 Kenan Sofuoglu 54 TUR Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.092
3 Jules Cluzel 16 FRA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.555
4 Patrick Jacobsen 99 USA Honda WorldSSP Honda +0.737
5 Lorenzo Zanetti 87 ITA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.777
6 Kevin Wahr 19 GER Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +0.901
7 Alex Baldolini 25 ITA Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta +1.052
8 Gino Rea 4 GBR GRT Racing Team MV Agusta +1.327
9 Ondrej Jezek 69 CZE Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.485
10 Nicolas Terol 88 SPA Schmidt Racing MV Agusta +1.500
11 Kyle Ryde 77 GBR Ranieri Med ‰ÛÒ SC Racing Yamaha +1.569
12 Kyle Smith 111 GBR CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1.630
13 Aiden Wagner 41 AUS GRT Racing Team MV Agusta +1.771
14 Anthony West 13 AUS Tribeca Racing Yamaha +1.833
15 Hikari Okubo 78 JPN CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1.912
16 Christian Gamarino 11 ITA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.992
17 Zulfahmi Khairuddin 63 MAL Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +1.993
18 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta +2.016
19 Glenn Scott 68 AUS Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +2.236
20 Luke Stapleford 81 GBR CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +2.288
21 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda +2.374
22 Mitch Levy AUS Landbridge Racing Yamaha +3.026
23 Nacho Calero 10 SPA Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +3.343
24 Alex Phillis 48 AUS Aark Racing Honda +3.364
25 Kane Burns 30 AUS Burns Racing Suzuki +3.617
26 Stefan Hill 35 GBR CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +4.331
27 Lachlan Epis 83 AUS Response RE Racing Kawasaki +5.505

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