Oct 13, 2015

Disappointing end to Silverstone meet for Martin Jessopp

Having shown signs of improvement in recent times it was a disappointing result for Martin Jessopp at Silverstone.

The Yeovil rider failed to finish race one in the British Superbikes meet and after problems with his BMW could only manage 24th in race two.

"It was very disappointing," Jessopp said.

"I struggled throughout the practices and managed to sort it out a little bit for qualifying.

"I qualified on lap record pace and looking at that you would think I had qualified in the top three, but no it was only good enough for 18th which is crazy.

"The pace this year in BSB is like nothing I've ever known before. Everyone has upped the level so much this season.

"In all my years of racing I've never seen the pace and the whole game move on in just one season."

Jessopp admits that tinkering with the bike did not help in the penultimate race meeting of the 2015 season and that he and his team made some mistakes in their decisions.

"In morning warm-up we changed a few things on the bike and finished tenth so it was looking good," he continued.

"We're always trying to improve the bike and looked to change a few things after the warm-up for race one and unfortunately it went the complete wrong way to the point where the bike was handling so poorly it was almost unrideable.

"We went for a hard tyre in race one when most of the field were on soft so we made the wrong choice. So for race two we went with the softer tyre, but by 4.30 in the afternoon the temperature had started to drop so we knew it was a gamble.

"After a poor race one I was only 21st for race two and didn't have a great start and lost a few places. But I got them all back on the first lap and started making my way towards the points with some good lap times.

"But then my tyre just started to wear so much more quickly than everyone else's around me. I hung in there and in two laps the tyre had shredded on both sides which turned out to be because it was faulty.

"It was the same for James Ellison who was actually leading the race and ended up finishing 17th and the same happened with Joe Burns. But neither of theirs was as bad as mine.

"It does happen but it's just unfortunate when you get it in a race and it's only the second one I've had all season. I did finish the race but I had to pull over to check what was going on and as soon as I looked I could see the tyre was chewed to pieces.

"We had been struggling but we thought we could turn it around for race day, but it was a bad choice for race one and back luck for race two."

Jessopp now has two weeks until the final meeting of the campaign at Brands Hatch. Despite the disappointment of Silverstone the Somerset rider is confident that he and his team can finish the term on a high.

"We'd targeted points, so 15th at worse and then pushing for the top ten and on paper the BMW was always going to work well at Silverstone. But I don't want to dwell on it too much," he concluded.

"We're going to Brands Hatch for the last round which is probably one of my favourite tracks in the country and somewhere I had really good pace at earlier in the season. So it's not all doom and gloom.

"Now we want a strong end to the BSB season. We have shown with our pace that we can run inside the top ten and that's something I want to finish on.

"The good thing is we can go to Brands Hatch with the setting we finished on earlier this year so we know the setup and what it is capable of and then it will be up to me to get the job done."


Thanks to the Western Gazette for the use of this story.