Celtic Racing/Fast By Ferracci’s Jacobsen Just Misses Podium At Infineon
NEWS May 18, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Nyack, NY (May 17, 2011) - Celtic Racing/Fast By Ferracci’s PJ Jacobsen finished just off the podium in both legs of the Daytona SportBike double-header at West Coast Moto Jam on the rolling Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma, California.
Riding his Ducati 848EVO, Jacobsen was consistently among the front-runners throughout the weekend, the second and third rounds of the championship. The 17-year-old New Yorker missed out on the podium by two seconds on Saturday and slightly more on Sunday.
“This weekend went pretty good,” Jacobsen said. “It would have been awesome to finish on the podium, but we came through the two days of racing with points and consistency, so I’ll take that.
“We actually struggled a little bit in qualifying, as I wanted to put it on the front row, but those are the breaks.” A small tire problem caused Jacobsen to miss out on a front row start by a scant .322 secs. “But the races generally went well, and honestly, this wasn’t one of my best or strongest tracks, so I’m pleased to come through with the way things were.
“We have a really good baseline coming into these next few tracks, and I know them well, so hopefully that will allow us to keep moving forward and we can get on the box.”
Eraldo Ferracci, the team’s technical director, was generally pleased with the team’s performance.
“I am satisfied with the results,” he said in his thick Italian accent. “We went in, we learned a bunch, we are closer to the ideal suspension setting, and our partners at K-Tech (suspension) have been a good choice.
“The results could be a little better, but I am glad we survived the weekend and can work towards the future. Overall, we didn’t have any major troubles this weekend. In qualifying, we had one small issue with the tire choice, but otherwise things went OK.
“But, no matter where you qualify, the race is where you perform. We were close, and PJ rode well without overdoing it, which is easy to do at that track. Also, and it’s not an excuse, but from my standpoint, all the riders who finished in front of PJ had much more time at this track – this was only his second time racing there -and I think we will surprise a lot of people at these next few rounds.”
Celtic Racing/Fast By Ferracci will now turn its focus towards the next round of the series at Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah on May 28-30.
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