The last round of the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship began today under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, with Honda WorldSSP Team’s PJ Jacobsen able to secure fourth place in the combined times of the first two free practice sessions. Therefore, the 23-year-old American rider has qualified directly to tomorrow’s Superpole 2, which will get underway at 18:55 local time (GMT +3).

After finishing second in the first free practice session, Jacobsen worked hard with his crew to further improve the set-up of his Honda CBR600RR for the 5.38 km long Qatari circuit; it was not until the final ten minutes of FP2, though, that the New York native was able to improve on his FP1 lap-time to a final 2’02.918s, which temporarily elevated him to the top of the timesheets.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ Jacobsen 2

4th / 2'02.918

Things went really good today. We could have been even further up this afternoon, but we decided to try a different tyre that unfortunately didn’t give me the right feeling. We are definitely going back to what we know works well and I’m pretty sure we can put up a good fight in Superpole. Lately I’ve always been much further back at the end of day one, so this is definitely a good sign ahead of tomorrow. Usually this is not my favourite track, but I must say that I had a lot of fun today.

Honda WorldSSP
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

It was overall a good day for PJ. We tried a different approach to the two sessions: we made only few small changes to the setup and focused mainly on doing as many laps as possible. In the end it worked out really well: he improved massively, in the morning and especially in the afternoon. Everybody is really close, but some of our rivals appear to be quick only on the single lap. There is still room for improvement, so we are really confident.

Honda WorldSSP
Round 12 – Qatar

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSSP 2016, Round 12

Clear / Dry / 28
Friday 28 Oct 2016, 18:12 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Ground Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Randy Krummenacher 21 SWI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 2'01.986
2 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda +0.743
3 Alex Baldolini 25 ITA Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta +0.789
4 PJ Jacobsen 2 USA Honda WorldSSP Honda +0.932
5 Kyle Smith 111 GBR CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +0.935
6 Kenan Sofuoglu 54 TUR Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.959
7 Michael Canducci 65 ITA Green Speed Kawasaki +0.996
8 Jules Cluzel 16 FRA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.107
9 Christoffer Bergman 71 SWE CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1.178
10 Kyle Ryde 77 GBR Schmidt Racing MV Agusta +1.253
11 Christian Gamarino 11 ITA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.458
12 Lorenzo Zanetti 87 ITA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.511
13 Roberto Rolfo 44 ITA Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta +1.542
14 Federico Caricasulo 64 ITA Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda +1.652
15 Ondrej Jezek 69 CZE Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.689
16 Hikari Okubo 78 JPN CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1.707
17 Luke Stapleford 81 GBR Profile Racing Triumph +1.993
18 Massimo Roccoli 52 ITA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +2.057
19 Xavier Pinsach 80 SPA Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda +2.063
20 Zulfahmi Khairuddin 63 MAL Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +2.163
21 Nacho Calero 10 SPA Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +2.275
22 Lachlan Epis 83 AUS Response RE Racing Kawasaki +3.575
23 Stefan Hill 35 GBR CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +4.133
24 Loris Cresson 84 BEL MTM / HS Kawasaki Kawasaki +4.226
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Oct 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Kenan SOFUOGLU 54 TUR 196 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
2 Randy KRUMMENACHER 21 SWI 129 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
3 Jules CLUZEL 16 FRA 126 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
4 PJ JACOBSEN 2 USA 122 Honda WorldSSP Honda
5 Kyle SMITH 111 GBR 99 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda
6 Gino REA 4 GBR 81 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta
7 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 75 Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda
8 Federico CARICASULO 64 ITA 74 Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda
9 Alex BALDOLINI 25 ITA 74 Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta
10 Niki TUULI 66 FIN 60 Kallio Racing Yamaha
11 Lorenzo ZANETTI 87 ITA 60 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
12 Axel BASSANI 47 ITA 54 San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki
13 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN 63 MAL 47 Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki
14 Ilya MIKHALCHIK 55 UKR 38 DS Junior Team Kawasaki
15 Luke STAPLEFORD 81 GBR 35 Profile Racing Triumph
16 Ondrej JEZEK 69 CZE 35 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
17 Alessandro ZACCONE 61 ITA 31 San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki
18 Nicolas TEROL 88 SPA 30 Schmidt Racing MV Agusta
19 Christian GAMARINO 11 ITA 30 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
20 Christoffer BERGMAN 71 SWE 22 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda
21 Anthony WEST 95 AUS 16 Montaze Broz Racing Team Suter
22 Kevin WAHR 19 GER 16 Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda
23 Hikari OKUBO 78 JPN 16 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda
24 Roberto ROLFO 44 ITA 14 Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta
25 Kyle RYDE 77 GBR 11 Schmidt Racing MV Agusta
26 Aiden WAGNER 41 AUS 9 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta
27 Glenn SCOTT 68 AUS 7 Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda
28 Davide STIRPE 6 ITA 6 Floramo Monaco Racing Team SM Honda
29 Xavier PINSACH 80 SPA 6 Gemar Ballons – Team Lorini Honda
30 Decha KRAISART 24 THA 5 Yamaha Thailand Yamaha
31 Hannes SOOMER 38 EST 4 Kallio Racing Yamaha
32 Kevin MANFREDI 43 ITA 4 Phoenix Racing Suzuki Suzuki
33 Luigi MORCIANO ITA 3 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
34 Alex PHILLIS 48 AUS 2 Aark Racing Honda
35 Nacho CALERO 10 SPA 1 Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki
36 1
37 Mitch LEVY AUS 1 Landbridge Racing Yamaha