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May 8, 2013

Best Result Of Season After Huge Qualifying Crash


Martin Jessopp scored his best finish of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season with an eleventh place at Oulton Park yesterday

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.”