There will be at least one American in the British Superbike Championship in 2013, as American PJ Jacobsen has been promoted by Tyco Suzuki as a teammate to 2012 series runner-up Josh Brookes.
Jacobsen's name and ability became known in the British paddock this season after he won the British Superstock race at Donington Park by one-thousandth of a second, one of three consecutive podium finishes with Tyco to close the season.
Jacobsen was once one of the bright lights in DMG racing, but with few paying prospects here in America and the TV package in doubt, he has little choice in looking for work elsewhere.
"I didn't know what to expect when I first came over to race in the Superstock class with them, but it has been awesome," Jacobsen said. "The Superstock class was really competitive, and, for sure, Superbike is going to be the same. I watched the races this year, and the level is really high.
"2013 is going to be a learning year for me. I can try the Superbike out and get some advice from Josh. I am looking forward to getting on the Superbike, as I come from a background of riding dirt bikes and Supermoto, so I can't wait to start sliding the Tyco Suzuki around."
Jacobsen, 19, from Montgomery, N.Y., has competed in a variety of AMA classes on asphalt and dirt, including Daytona SportBike, Supersport, XR1200 and Flat Track. He also finished fifth in the Spanish 125cc Championship in 2008, becoming the first American to earn a podium finish in that series.