The Triple M Honda World Superbike team finished the European rounds of what is a rookie season for both team and rider in the WorldSBK Championship with important lessons learned for the final two rounds of the year.

The challenges of the Magny-Cours circuit were new for the Triple M team and PJ Jacobsen, and after Friday practice, Jacobsen qualified 17th of 21 riders on the grid, after Superpole 1 on Saturday morning.

The opening race took place at 13.00, the Sunday race at the new normal of 15.15, with each lasting for 21-laps of the 4.411km circuit in the very heart of the French countryside.

Moving up to 15th position in race one, a position he held from lap three to lap six; PJ would eventually drop down one place to finish 16th, and just one position away from scoring a championship point.

The second race, held in only slightly warmer conditions, saw PJ ride behind his countryman Jake Gagne for a time, ending up 17th and again just missing a championship point.

After 11 of the 13 rounds, PJ sits 19th overall in the championship standings.

WorldSBK will hold the next round in Argentina for the very first time, at the all-new El Villicum circuit, between 12th and 14th October.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 99

It has been quite difficult here but I am still trying every weekend. We have just got to keep moving forward and think positively. We have to keep doing our thing. It was quite a rough start but race two was OK. I still think we maybe picked the wrong tyre for race two. I liked the tyre I was on yesterday even though the gap was a bit more. With the changes we made for today we could have maybe been better with this tyre.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team
Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

It was not so bad this week but yesterday we struggled a bit with rear grip. Today the grip was not so bad; it is just that the tyre dropped after 15 laps. But the rhythm in the beginning was quite OK. It was the best of the weekend and we found something that worked well with this track. It is just sad that there was a drop with the tyre. We were close with Jake Gagne in the race and the rhythm was similar.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team
French Round

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

WorldSBK 2018, Round 11

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Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 13:52 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34'16.364
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.804
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +3.552
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.879
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 11 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.505
6 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +11.477
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +15.077
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 8 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +17.339
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +17.655
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +22.725
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 5 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +23.257
12 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +23.637
13 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 3 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +26.756
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 2 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +28.178
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 1 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +29.292
16 Jake Gagne 45 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +38.534
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +42.776
18 Román Ramos 40 SPA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +46.765
19 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +52.689
NC Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA 0 Team ASPI BMW DNF
Saturday 29 Sep 2018, 12:03 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34'15.613
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +3.091
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 16 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +8.558
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +9.193
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 11 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +10.074
6 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 10 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +12.509
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +14.733
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 8 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +22.878
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 7 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +23.028
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +23.109
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +24.709
12 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 4 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +32.766
13 Jake Gagne 45 USA 3 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +33.456
14 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 2 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +37.808
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA 1 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +46.558
16 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +49.525
17 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +57.484
18 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1'12.942
NC Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA 0 Team ASPI BMW DNF
NC Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
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Saturday 29 Sep 2018, 09:16 UTC
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Ground Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'35.696
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.147
3 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.868
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.917
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.069
6 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.258
7 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.303
8 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.359
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.407
10 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.543
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.702
12 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.899
13 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +
14 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
15 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +
17 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
18 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
19 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
20 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
21 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA Team ASPI BMW +
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Friday 28 Sep 2018, 15:00 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 43%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'37.202
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.201
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.287
4 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.301
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.424
6 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.508
7 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.508
8 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.512
9 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.532
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.654
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.658
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.105
13 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.459
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.482
15 Jake Gagne 45 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.806
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.859
17 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.425
18 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.430
19 Jeremy Guarnoni 11 FRA Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +2.539
20 Jakub Smrz 96 CZE Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.900
21 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA Team ASPI BMW +7.324
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 470 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 335 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 309 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
4 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 273 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 250 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
6 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 213 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 194 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 134 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
9 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 125 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
10 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU 54 TUR 120 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
11 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 115 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
12 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 102 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 98 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
14 Michael RINALDI 21 ITA 77 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
15 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 62 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
16 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 56 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
17 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 51 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 27 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
19 PJ JACOBSEN 99 USA 21 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda
20 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 14 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
21 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 11 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
22 Niccolò CANEPA 94 ITA 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
23 Karel HANIKA 98 CZE 5 Guandalini Racing Kawasaki
24 Bradley RAY 28 GBR 3 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
25 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
26 Luke MOSSEY GBR 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 1 Guandalini Racing Yamaha