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Aug 13, 2013

BRITISH SUPERBIKES ACE PLOTS TOP TEN CLIMB


MCE British Superbikes ace Martin Jessopp heads to Cadwell Park tomorrow intent on ironing out the starting problem that could turn him into a top ten contender.

MCE British Superbikes ace Martin Jessopp heads to Cadwell Park tomorrow intent on ironing out the starting problem that could turn him into a top ten contender. 

The Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW racer of Yeovil showed signs of reversing fortunes in a challenging year with a resurgent display at Oulton Park at the weekend. 

Jessopp ended race one in 17th but boasted the fastest pace outside the top eight to finish 15th in the second outing and earn a rare point. However, a tyre defect forced him to settle for 18th in the final event. 

The 27-year-old refused to be dismayed with his most recent results as he looked forward to a return to one of his favourite circuits. 

“Friday and Saturday seem to go really well but we are not building on that because no matter where we qualify I seem to be going backwards from the start,” said Jessopp. 

“We think we have found what the problem is and that will be answered tomorrow when we test at Cadwell Park, which will be an important day for us. 

“We made a change for the second race but went backwards off the start, as normal. I came through the pack and showed real promise, being the fastest man on the track outside of the top eight. 

“In the last three laps I overtook three people, which may have come too late but we got a point and with the way recent weeks have been going we will take that at the minute. 

“It was all looking good for the last race but from lap two or three onwards I realised that I had a defective tyre. 

“With the amount of controlled tyres that are manufactured you do get the odd one that is not up to spec. Unfortunately I had one in the race. I couldn’t get through so had a very lonely race on my own where I couldn’t push, which was very frustration. 

“It was just another one of those things but we are testing tomorrow and hopefully we can get progress there. Cadwell is one of my favourite tracks in Britain and hopefully we can try out this change which could improve our starts. We can get an idea tomorrow.” 

Jessopp, who has recently recovered from a broken coccyx suffered in a fall at Knockhill, is confident of fighting for position once his starting woes are resolved. 

“I want to get away with the top 12 as the problem isn’t staying with them,” he added. “I’m just losing everything on the first two laps and the races in BSB aren’t long enough to be doing that.

“It’s the biggest domestic championship there is so everyone on the grid is obviously at a good pace and I can’t afford to give them anything on those first couple of laps.” 

Thanks to Chris Sweet at the Western Gazette for the use of this article