Sep 24, 2014

RidersMotorcycles celebrate in Assen

RidersMotorcycles BMW’s Martin Jessopp had his strongest performance of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship campaign last weekend at the Assen round of the season.

Jessopp and the team doubled their efforts in Holland as they also lined up in the Dutch Superbike Championship where the Yeovil contender fought for the victory, before he was dramatically forced to take to the gravel. He rejoined and fought his way back through the pack to claim second place with a determined performance.

In the MCE British Superbike Championship races Jessopp scored his best qualifying result of the season with a ninth place after a strong session saw him break into Q3 for the first time with the BMW.

Jessopp was struck by bad luck though in the race. A tough call on the grid needed to be made before the opening race following a rain shower before the start. The team decide to take a gamble on an intermediate rear tyre after the rain halted but in the closing stages of the race the conditions changed again and that forced Jessopp back down the order against the opposition who had opted for the wet rear tyre option.

In race two Jessopp again was forced into an off track excursion when he was forced to take evasive action when riders ahead of him crashed out. Jessopp kept his focus and then pushed through to 14th.

Jessopp said: “We had a busy weekend as we raced in the Dutch Superbike class too, but it was worth it for the extra track time and to get more laps in on our other bike. We qualified third in that and I was a little surprised by our pace but was happy as we ran quite close to our BSB times. In the race we did have the lead on the first lap but I got run off the track and then had to rejoin in sixth, which I wasn’t best pleased about. Once I rejoined I got back up to second so it was nice to be on the podium and taking silverware home.

“In the BSB class we had our best qualifying session as we made it through to Q3 for the first time with the BMW. In race one I chose to run the intermediate rear tyre and then I ran off track. I was making good progress to get back up where we needed to be but then the rain started and then that was it – game over and I finished 18th.

“In the second race I got caught up with some of the riders that crashed and it pushed me off the track again and on the zero tyre I pushed as hard as I could and the best I could do was 14th. We learnt a lot over the weekend though and we will be ready for Silverstone.”