Young American prospect PJ Jacobsen has been confirmed as Josh Brookes’ team-mate in Northern Ireland’s Tyco Suzuki British Superbike team for 2013.
The exciting New Yorker earned his shot at the big time with a series of stunning cameos for the Moneymore-based outfit this year, claiming victories in the National Superstock 1000 and Supersport classes at Donington Park and Assen respectively to force his way into team principal Philip Neill’s plans for next season.
Jacobsen replaces Ulster’s Alastair Seeley in the BSB hot-seat, with the Carrick rider switching back to the British Supersport series in 2013 with Gearlink Kawasaki after a troubled year in the premier class.
The 19-year-old, a former American National Dirt Track champion, will move to Northern Ireland with his girlfriend Danielle - a cheerleader for the News York Mets - in the New Year.
Jacobsen said: “It’s great to finally sign the deal to ride for Tyco Suzuki and I’d like to thank team boss Philip Neill and Phil Dashey from Tyco for their support.
“The team stood by me this season and gave me an opportunity in British Superstock and Supersport and put my career on the map.
“I just can’t wait to get out there now and test the Superbike, and I know my experienced Australian team-mate Josh Brookes will help me a lot,” he added.
“I like his determination and attitude to racing and already knowing the Tyco Suzuki guys is also a big help.”
Team manager Neill said a mix of youth and experience was exactly the combination he desired as he plots a renewed title assault after Tyco Suzuki finished as the championship runners-up behind Shane Byrne and PBM Kawasaki last month.
“After agreeing terms with Josh during September it feels like it has taken a long time to finalise our British Superbike line-up,” he said.
“However, now that it’s done I am really looking forward to next season with a very exciting line up. PJ has been groomed as a motorcycle racer from a very young age and his unique all American style, of enjoying a bike sliding underneath him, will be a major factor in his future success in the Superbike category.
“This really is the overall package we wanted, with Josh being a proven championship contender with years’ of experience and PJ being the young up and coming star.
“I have no doubt that the support of the Tyco Suzuki team and indeed Josh Brookes will be a significant factor in the eventual rise to the very top for this young man.”