BEST RACE OF THE YEAR FOR JACOBSEN AND CELTIC RACING/ORIENT EXPRESS IN NEW JERSEY

NEWS September 7, 2010


BEST RACE OF THE YEAR FOR JACOBSEN AND CELTIC RACING/ORIENT EXPRESS IN NEW JERSEY

Millville, N.J. (September 7, 2010) - Celtic Racing/Orient Express racer P.J. Jacobsen built upon the momentum he gained with his impressive Virginia International Raceway performance and came out even stronger at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

The rising star registered his best AMA Pro Road Racing weekend yet as he and Celtic Racing/Orient Express posted excellent results on the weekend. Jacobsen finished as the runner-up in his first ever AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race and scored a pair of head-turning results in the hotly contested AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL class.

Having qualified on the third row for the SportBike finals aboard his GSX-R600, the 17 year-old proved to be a strong challenger in Saturday's race. Jacobsen climbed all the way to seventh in the end, just off the lead group.

Jacobsen came back on Sunday determined to do even better, and he succeeded. Jacobsen. was the quickest rider in the Sunday AMA Pro Daytona SportBike morning warm-up, a first for the rider and team.

Mixing it up as part of a 10-rider shootout for victory, he rode a calculated race and picked up several positions late, falling just inches short of a podium finish. Finishing in fourth only 0.075 seconds off of the box, Jacobsen was beaten only by the class' three leading championship contenders on the day.

Jacobsen explained, "On Saturday I got a decent start but the guys were really fast at the front and I just lost them. But today's race was crazy. I've never been in a ten-rider battle before, so it was a new experience. But we had the Celtic Racing/Orient Express bike working well and we ended up getting fourth. We just were patient during the race and it all went our way.”

"We were less than a wheel off the box, so we're definitely getting closer every race. The team has done a fantastic job. We're going to put our heads down again at the next race at Barber. We don't have to worry about the points or anything so we're just going to go for the podium."

Jacobsen did get to climb up on the podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday as the team entered the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class. Jacobsen quickly adapted. In the race, he matched his second place qualifying effort with a second-place ride after winning out in a heated dogfight for the spot.

"I got a decent start and I'd never done a start on one of them so that was a first!" he said. "We had an awesome battle. I really didn't know what to expect towards the end with the tires. It was definitely a fun race and a fun experience riding on the XR1200,” said Jacobsen.

Shane Narbonne added to the team's successful NJMP weekend with a strong showing in the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike class. Having qualified 13th, the young rider continued to improve throughout the weekend.

On Saturday he edged a rival for 11th position at the checkered flag, and then broke into the top ten on Sunday with a clear tenth-place result.

Celtic Racing/Orient Express will be aiming to end the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season on another high note at the season finale at Barber Motorsports Park on September 24th.
 


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