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Oct 30, 2013

Jessopp On Track for Macau Success


Martin Jessopp flies out to Macau next week focused on going one better than recent years by winning the perilous road race.

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.”