Mar 14, 2016

Martin Jessopp "ready to race tomorrow" as preparation for 2016 British Superbikes goes well

THE 2016 British Superbikes season is fast-approaching for Martin Jessopp and his team.

With Silvertsone hosting the first BSB race in less than a month on the weekend of April 8 to 10, testing is underway in order to be prepared for the new campaign.

Jessopp has been out in Spain, starting with a four-day test at Circuito de Cartagena before heading south to Circuito Guadix.

"I went straight onto the track at Cartagena and was nearly a second faster than I have ever gone round there," the Yeovil rider said.

"With any new bike it is far from standard and for the first few days there are usually a few teething problems, but by lunchtime on the second day we had done everything that we needed to do.

"So it has been a really successful test. We had booked seven days because we expected problems, but decided we would head down to Guanix anyway because it had all been paid for.

"It is a bit cold there. It is in the south of Spain but is about 3,500 feet up in the mountains so we were waiting for the tyres to warm up a bit.

"We're feeling good, though, because lots of teams are having to test new bikes, whereas this will be my fourth season [in British Superbikes] on the same bike - apart from a few updates."

Jessopp was also testing his new road bikes - which included a custom built Triumph 675 for this year - as he looked to build on his past success at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Macau Grand Prix.

Before then, though, it will be more BSB testing back in England at Silverstone on March 29 and then two days later at Donnington, after which the targets for the season will be decided.

"I'm not sure yet [what the targets are]. We will wait until after those tests and think about it then," Jessopp said.

"I'm ready for the first race, though. I'm feeling strong and the team is strong and we would be ready to race tomorrow."

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