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Aug 12, 2013

Fresh start for Jessopp


Fresh start as Jessopp aims to turn around his troubled season

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.”