PJ Jacobsen Fast Early At Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH, MAY 28 – The weight penalty handed to the twins following the dominant start by Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo had little affect in the first practice session at Miller Motorsports Park.The 40-minute session for Daytona SportBikes ended with Celtic Racing/Fast by Ferracci’s PJ Jacobsen leading the way on his Ducati 848EVO (1:56.615). Second went to Geico Powersports/RMR Racing’s Danny Eslick (Suzuki) at a gap of a tenth of a second, with DiSalvo third another two-tenths back.The times for the SportBikes are more than a second slower than what was run during the early May test here at MMP. DiSalvo’s fastest test lap was 1:55.254 mins., which is nearly 1.4 secs. faster than Jacobsen’s best this morning. Jacobsen also registered today’s fastest trap speed of 162.03 mph.
AMA Pro Racing slapped the twins with a five lbs. weight penalty after DiSalvo won the opening three races of the season, the shortened Daytona 200 and both rounds at Infineon Raceway. The Ducatis now must weigh 385 lbs., while the four-cylinders got a five lbs. break and can race at 355 lbs.Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes ruled the Superbike class, as he had during the test, though he wasn’t able to match his test time.The reigning Superbike champion lapped in 1:50.697 mins. to finish with a healthy cushion of nearly .8 secs. on Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden (1:51.478), who also wasn’t able to match his test time. Hayes finished with the test with the fastest lap of 1:50.333 mins., while Hayden was fourth at 1:51.255.