Winning by 0.001 seconds - on the grass

This is what it looks like

Posted: 13 September 2012
by Ben Cope
That's what 0.001 seconds looks like
PJ ... number 99 in Dirtrack

Last weekend's Superstock 1000 race at Donington British Superbikes was a belter. PJ Jacobsen, all the way of the USA, was riding the Tyco Suzuki and took the fight to former Superstock 600 champion and TT racer Lee Johnston.

The duo cleared off from the rest of the pack.

It came down to a last lap battle and the closest finish I've ever seen but to top it off, PJ Jacobsen was run all the way out to the line and beyond, as he took to the grass but still managed to beat the hard-charging Johnston to the line just a thousandth of a second.

We reckon PJ owes this one to his Dirttrack experience back in the US. Not bad for your third appearance in the BSB's top Superstock class..

You can watch the Superstock 1000 Donington race video here.

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Have to say was a fantastic race and had me on the edge of my seat. It just goes to show that you don't need multi-million dollar bikes to get good racing!

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 11:05

I'm from New York and spend a lot of time at track days. Been on the track with PJ a few times.....that kid is F.A.S.T. But not just fast. He has a really smooth style. It's great to watch him ride. It's also worth noting he races for Celtic on an 848 Duc. Cool to see him move to an inline four and still win with little race experience on it.

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 21:30

I'm not meaning to knock what he did, and i know i won't have any effect on the result, but aren't you supposed to cross the finish line on the track, not off it?

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 09:58

It was a really good race, even the race behind these two guys was exciting.

As for finishing off the track, I think as long as no corners are cut, and the rider crosses the 'line', and he's 'on' the bike it's good enough.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:14

Also, without taking anything away from the guy, if they did strip the win for being on the grass, it'd have been totally against the spirit of the sport IMO.

Anyone who can win a drag to the line with part of it on the grass gets my vote!

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:15

Now THAT is American motorcycling!

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 15:57

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