Jessopp TT Debut
MCE British Superbike regular and Macau podium man Martin Jessopp will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2014.
The 28-year old will campaign a BMW S1000RR in the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360º Superstock and Pokerstars Senior TT Races for his regular Riders Motorcycles team, owned and run by father Phil.
"Having gained road racing experience at the North West 200 and the Macau Grand Prix, I now feel ready to make my TT debut. The TT is the pinnacle of road racing and I am very excited about the opportunity to finally race there," said Jessopp.
"My plan is to work hard and learn the circuit without any pressure to get a result. Hopefully after a few years I’ll have learnt enough to push on and and start to challenge towards the front as I have been able to do at the North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix.”
This article was posted on Wednesday 04th December
Jessopp Has High Hopes for Macau
Martin Jessopp flies out to Macau next week focused on going one better than recent years by winning the perilous road race.
The Yeovil-based racer aims to put a troubled first season back in MCE British Superbikes behind him by re-affirming his talent on the streets of the Chinese principality.
Although he heads east with the same Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW that has proved a handful all summer, the 27-year-old said he was confident the problems that have plagued performances in the world’s most prestigious domestic Superbike series will not haunt him in Macau.
Jessopp has twice guided a Ducati to second on the island and after a sluggish start derailed plans for glory in his last outing there, the father-of-one said he was ready to dethrone former team-mate and King of Macau Michael Rutter.
“I’m quite confident going to Macau with the bike because the issues with the limit we’re riding in the British Championship isn’t quite like that on road racing,” said Jessopp.
“I’ve spoken to Michael Rutter and John McGuiness and they’re not pushing the same as they are on the circuits. I don’t push as hard at Macau, but I may have the odd corner or lap where your brain gets overtaken.
“I don’t think I’ll be struggling with the same problems too badly around Macau. I’m not going there worrying.
“I am going there to win. But it’s a road race at the end of the day and you have to take it as it comes. Hopefully we will be in a position to be fighting for a race win.”
Jessopp boosted a paltry points total by staying on whilst others fell around him at the BSB season finale at Brands Hatch.
Admitting plans for next year remain up in the air and refusing to rule out another stab at the 1000cc series with a second rider, Jessopp said support from another BMW outfit on the grid could give him encouragement to persevere with the German machine.
Jessopp said: “Stuart Hicken, who owns the Buildbase BMW team, came around after the races at Brands and came into our garage.
“He knows we have been struggling and he knows I am a lot better than what we are doing. The team has proven it is a lot more capable than where we are. He doesn’t like seeing us down where we are and he’s offered for me to go up there and ride their bike if the chance comes about with a bit of dry time, to see what I think.”
This article was posted On Wednesday 30th October thanks to Chris Sweet for the use of this article
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.
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
This article was posted On Tuesday 13th August
FRESH START FOR JESSOPP
Martin Jessopp is aiming to use this weekend’s seventh round of the MCE British Superbikes Championship at Oulton Park as a fresh start as he aims to turn around his troubled season.
The Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW rider has endured a year plagued by injury and difficulties in getting up to speed with his new bike, and currently lies 22nd in the championship standings at the season’s halfway mark.
Jessopp has been hampered in recent races by a broken coccyx he suffered in a highside at Knockhill earlier in the season, but the Yeovil rider expects to be back to full health by the time this weekend’s race comes around.
He said: “I should be back at 100 per cent now. The last race was only five weeks after the crash at Knockhill so it was a bit painful there, but it’s a lot further on now and with the extra time to recover before Oulton Park I should be fine.
“It’s a good opportunity to start again and really go for it in the second half of the season.
“It’s a bit like starting the second half of a football match after a poor first half, there’s still time to turn it around and I’m hopeful that we can have some good results.
“I’ve had half a year on the bike now and I learn more each time I ride it, so confidence is high and I can’t wait to get back on the bike and aim higher.
Jessopp arrives at Oulton Park this weekend looking to replicate his last visit to the Cheshire circuit, where an 11th place finish in race two handed him his best result of the season.
The 27-year-old is looking forward to returning to Oulton and has targeted a first top ten finish of the year as his goal for Sunday’s double-header.
“The last round at Oulton Park was our best result of the season, we made big changes to the bike there and we had a good weekend. Unfortunately the accident happened at Knockhill the race after that which set us back and we haven’t had the luck, but now I’m back on familiar ground and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Podiums aren’t realistic when you consider where we are at the moment but I’m looking for regular points finishes and the next step is to reach the top ten and then we can look further ahead. The last time I rode in British Superbikes finishing tenth was a poor result, so it’s a hard pill to swallow that we’re not able to fight at that level at the moment. But we are where we are and the team and I are working hard to fix that.”
JESSOPP BACK ON TRACK AND READY TO START FIGHTING AFTER BRANDS HATCH
Riders BMW’s Martin Jessopp was back on track last weekend at the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and as he continues his recovery from a broken coccyx, scoring a point with a gritty performance on the Grand Prix circuit.
Jessopp and the team worked hard on setup throughout the weekend as they bid to close the gap to their rivals on the 2.43-mile Kent circuit with the Yeovil-based rider finishing the opening race of the weekend just missing out on the points in sixteenth. However improvements in race two meant Jessopp was able to claim fifteenth to add to his points tally ahead of the next round of the season at Oulton Park next month. The Cheshire circuit was the scene of Jessopp’s best result so far in his campaign and he is aiming for a repeat performance.
Jessopp said: “As a team we were happy with the weekend because we didn’t have any problems and we just kept learning all weekend and moving forward with the BMW. From my perspective we scored a point but I want more than that because we know that myself and the team have been capable in the past.
“We have been unlucky with the injury that’s for sure because we just have to wait for it to heal, but at the same time we were close to a top ten finish at Oulton Park earlier in the year, so with the two weekends off I should be able to be fully fit then to try and do it again. We are now looking at the second half of the season and aiming to push for the results we should be achieving.”
This article was posted on Tuesday 23rd July
Martin Jessopp will race through the pain barrier this weekend after deciding to brave a broken coccyx and ride in the MCE British Superbikes at Snetterton.
Martin Jessopp will race through the pain barrier this weekend after deciding to brave a broken coccyx and ride in the MCE British Superbikes at Snetterton.
The Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW ace of Yeovil faced a race against time to be fit to take to the grid following a fall from a massive highside at Knockhill that fractured the bone at the end of his spine and left him with bruising and internal bleeding.
Medics warned the 27-year-old that he could face up to eight weeks on the sidelines but following a ride on a roadbike this morning he has decided the pain is bearable.
Jessopp said even that though racing at Snetterton was not essential, the demands of his profession leave him in a good position to compete.
He said: “Unfortunately the poor start to the season means we’re not fighting for a championship so we’re not in a position where I am having to ride no matter what.
“There is another race a week after at my favourite track. By then we will be a lot further down the road and we will be looking at a good position to go out and get a good result. At the moment, for this weekend, that’s not the case.
“It’s different for the average Joe and they might look forward to seven weeks off work. But for guys in sport, especially those in motorsport and shown no better than at the weekend by MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, it’s up to us whether we race.
“We listen to the medical advice but treat is just as that because we heal a lot quicker because we are fitter and our pain threshold is a lot higher as the amount of injuries we get means we don’t feel it so much.
“I want to be there at the weekend and the team wants to be there, but we have to be sensible. It’s a long way for the team to go and a lot of money and effort will go into travelling up there.”
Judging his current pain, Jessopp added: “I’m happier when I’m up on my feet, out walking about. It’s still painful sitting down or lying down, it’s just unfortunate there’s nothing we can do to speed up the healing.
“We’re taking it day by day, which is pretty boring and very frustrating. I think I’ve heard all the jokes as well.”
This article was posted on 3rd July
Nightmare weekend after horror crash
Racer Martin Jessopp has lifted the lid on a “nightmare” weekend which left him confined to a hospital bed
Jessopp was hurled from his Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW during the third lap of Friday’s practice session at Knockhill, Scotland.
Jessopp suffered a broken coccyx, internal bleeding and heavy bruising after the massive highside.
After spending a night in hospital near the Fife course he has now returned to south Somerset – and faces a race against time to be fit for the next BSB meet.
The 27-year-old said: “It was nothing short of a nightmare.
“It was strange being back on the bike during the first session because we’ve had a few weeks off, but it was good getting back up to speed.
“Everything was going well but then on the third lap of the second session I went across the chicane towards the back straight, run the kerb with a maximum amount of lean and the back just threw me off."
This article was posted on 18th June
Jessopp Scores Best Result Of BSB Season After Huge Qualifying Crash
Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW’s Martin Jessopp scored his best finish of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season with an eleventh place at Oulton Park yesterday after he bounced back from a high-speed crash in qualifying from the previous day.
Jessopp and the team had been working hard throughout the weekend to make improvements and close the gap to their rivals, but during the first stage of qualifying he suffered a huge crash which left him battered and bruised. The Yeovil rider put in two determined performances in the races on Bank Holiday Monday to claim a 15th place in race one, but with some drastic changes to the front of the BMW allowed the team to be in the pack fighting for seventh position. Jessopp ended the race just outside the top ten with an eleventh place finish and feeling positive that the team can continue to build at the next round at Knockhill next month.
Jessopp said: “It was another tough weekend but the hard work of the team meant we were able to turn it around and get the best result of our season. We have been having difficulties as we haven’t had any data when we get to the circuits and then we had to play catch up, although the next visit to Oulton Park at least we will have some to use. In qualifying we were pushing and then I had a big crash; I had come out on a new tyre and I just had a high-side and was thrown around so felt quite battered after that.
“In the first race I had a terrible start and then I was trying really hard to work the bike out of the corners to try and make up some time; I was getting tense and making mistakes as for the first time in a while I started getting some arm pump. I managed to salvage a point which was better than nothing but we made some drastic changes for race two which made an unbelievable difference. In race two I got stuck in and we were in a big pack and having a great battle. I was able to run a much better pace and be smoother so I was happy with that and now we get ready for the North West 200.”
This article was posted on Wednesday 8th May
Once Glitch Sorted Then Will Be Fired Up The Rankings
Martin Jessopp believes his Ridersmotorcycles.com team have discovered a set-up glitch that once fixed will not only calm his BMW’s aggression but also fire him up the rankings.
The Yeovil racer’s Eureka moment did not come in time to earn top ten finishes at Thruxton on Sunday and may not prove as evolutionary as he hopes until Oulton Park next month.
However, Jessopp maintains the closely-guarded suspension-related secret will help him better the 14th and 15th places he registered at a damp Hampshire circuit last weekend.
He said: “I wasn’t really that happy after the race but we then found something quite big with our bike which will make a big difference.
“It’s a shame we didn’t spot it 24 hours earlier and couldn’t get out on the track with it. It’s to do with the geometry side and the suspension.
“With the way the bike is set-up we were a long way out with one party but didn’t realise until after the race and it had been like that since we have had the bike.
“That’s why it has been so aggressive and trying to spit me off when the tyres were getting worn. When the guys were looking through the data they couldn’t understand that aggression but now they have found something.”
The 27-year-old refused to rule out a foreign test before heading to Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May Bank Holiday, adding he was pleased to head north with points on the board.
“A 14th and 15th wasn’t really what I wanted but in the grand scheme of things it was a step further from the weekend before,” said Jessopp.
“It’s a little bit disheartening finishing ten places worse than what I have done around Thruxton before but I have to accept I was then on a bike that we had developed for four or five years and now we’re in the very early stages. It is a bit frustrating but at least there are now a few points in the bag.”
This article was posted on Monday 15th April
No Complaints With Progress at Brands
Martin Jessopp refused to hide his disappointment at race finishes on his long-awaited to MCE British Superbikes but had no complaints with progress made at Brands Hatch.
The Yeovil-based racer battled to 17th and 19th place finishes on the Indy circuit in the first competitive outing for the newly-formed Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW team.
After official pre-season outings were blighted by weather, forcing Jessopp to Spain for last-minute track time, the 27-year-old compared opening sessions at the shorter version of the historic venue to tests.
However, he added that new parts and conquering a steep learning curve left his team in no doubt as to how they could force their way further up the field at Thruxton this weekend.
Jessopp, back in BSB after a year in World Supersport, said: "We lost the first morning of practice due to the weather, which we could really have done without. It was still like pre-season testing for us during the sessions, changing so much stuff on the bike that you would never normally change at a meeting. Every time we would change something we would get up to speed with that and then be ready to change something else to get the bike to the next level. It was a difficult weekend. I'm not happy with how we did but the team and everyone that works for the team is happy with what we have done because we have come a long way in seven days.”
"A week ago we would never have thought we would have been able to do what we have done. It's promising and the bike seems to be good on the new tyres. Once the tyres started to get a bit worn it started tank slapping going down the home straight where the bars are going left and right at 140MPH. We have got some major things to address and some parts actually arrived on Saturday but we weren't in a position to test them before the race. They will be fitted ahead of Thruxton and hopefully we can turn it round and get another step closer there."
Jessopp added that despite lowly finishes on Sunday's race day, the team started the week in buoyant mood. "We know what needs to be done and we are pretty sure that the changes we are planning on making will do the job so it should be good," he said. "When the tyres are new the bike felt good and the lap times were 1.3s off pole at a short track. We've definitely got positives to take and I think we will be alright. "We knew it was going to be tough but we have got the first one out of the way, which we knew was going to be the hardest. Now it's on to a track I know and a track where I have always done well and enjoyed rising so I'm looking forward to it."
This article was posted on Tuesday 9th April
Jessopp's Interview After Testing Crash
After Martin Jessopp's crash in Portugal during testing in January read about how he
refuses to be worried by huge Portimao testing crash HERE
This article was posted on Thursday 31st January
Martin Jessopp's Video Interview
Watch Martin Jessopp's 2013 preview interview HERE
This article was posted on Wednesday 16th January
Jessopp on BMW for 2013
The RidersMotorcycles.com team are set for a comeback to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship after today (Wednesday 9th January) announcing the return of Martin Jessopp onboard a BMW.
Yeovil's Jessopp has been a regular protagonist in the championship, scoring top ten finishes and just missed out on a maiden podium finish at Donington Park in 2012. Jessopp competed in the World Supersport Championship last season but now is turning his attention back to Britain as he prepares to return stronger and determined to claim a position in the coveted end of season Showdown.
The RidersMotorcycles.com team will switch to BMW for the new season; the prestigious manufacturer featured in the Showdown last year and was tantalisingly close to appearing on the MCE British Superbike Championship podium for the first time.
Martin Jessopp said: "I have unfinished business in BSB and that is why I want to get back out there again. I think I took a year away at the wrong time in hindsight; at the time it was for the right reasons but I left when I was at my strongest position in the championship. It feels good to be back and on a competitive bike and everyone has seen that the BMW is a strong package in BSB. I want to start the season and straight away pick up where we left off; there is no time to settle in and get comfortable but because I have raced the BMW before I don't think it will be an issue. We have the bikes stripped down at the moment and planning our test schedule so we can be ready for Brands Hatch. I want to be back up and fighting at the front and definitely pushing for the Showdown."
Team owner Phil Jessopp said: "I am pleased to announce that the team will be back in the British Superbike Championship this season after a tough year in 2012. We really are looking forward to the new season and pushing to try and improve on our previous results in the championship. Martin has learnt a lot and I think that will benefit him this season. We are now looking forward to our first test with the BMW; the bike clearly has strong potential in the championship and we are feeling confident about the forthcoming season."
MCE BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs concluded: "It's great to see Phil and Martin Jessopp back in BSB. The RidersMotorcycles.com team is highly professional and capable and reached the Showdown stage of the Championship in 2010 with Michael Rutter on the Ducati. I'm sure Martin has eliminated his difficult Word Supersport campaign from his memory and will quickly recapture his strong previous BSB form, which included top five position race finishes and a race start from pole position."
This article was posted on Wednesday 9th January