The prodigiously talented American, PJ Jacobsen, had finally landed the second and final BSB ride with top team Tyco Suzuki.
He will now partner Australian Josh Brookes in next season’s British Superbike championship for the Northern Ireland-based outfit.
Since the departure of Carrick’s Alastair Seeley, who returned to the British Supersport class with Gearlink Kawasaki after a less than successful BSB campaign this term; the upstate New Yorker was odds-on favourite to land the high profile seat, after posting a number of quality ad hoc performances for TAS Racing in the latter part of the season.
His victories at Donington Park in the Superstock class, followed by success at Assen on the team’s 600 Suzuki, and further 1000cc podiums at Silverstone and the season finale on the Brands Hatch GP circuit raised more than a few eyebrows — for a kid who is undoubtedly world championship pedigree.
But it’s thanks to local bike publisher Mark Hamilton, who ‘sold’ the Jacobsen idea to team boss Philip Neill in the summer months.
That when the rising star was without a ride after a fleeting appearance for PTR Honda in World Supersport.
It’s a dream job for the 19-year-old, who has won 26 American Dirt Track titles and a handful of victories on the hallowed banks of Daytona International Speedway in his fledgling career to date.
From his home in Montgomery, upstate New York, the delighted youngster said: “I’d like to thank Philip Neill and Phil Dashey from Tyco for giving the me the opportunity and everyone else who helped put me on the map this year, like Mark Hamilton and ‘Big Man’.
“I can’t wait to get started on the Superbike and I’m looking forward to coming to live in Northern Ireland as I loved my time there this year.”