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Aug 4, 2015

HOME advantage proved key for Martin Jessopp at the weekend with two top ten finishes at Thruxton.


The Wiltshire circuit may be more than 50 miles from Jessopp's hometown of Yeovil, but the support that travels to the race makes it seem a lot closer for the British Superbikes star.

HOME advantage proved key for Martin Jessopp at the weekend with two top ten finishes at Thruxton.

The Wiltshire circuit may be more than 50 miles from Jessopp's hometown of Yeovil, but the support that travels to the race makes it seem a lot closer for the British Superbikes star.

After an improved performance at Brands Hatch for the Ridersmotorcyclces.com BMW rider things finally came together for him at Thruxton with tenth and eighth place finishes in the two races.

"It was awesome and was exactly what I knew I was capable and it was what I was hoping to get when I went there," Jessopp said.

"Straight from the start of the first session on the first day of practice our pace was really good.

"The grip levels are very poor at Thruxton so it was about how good you could be on race tyres and how good you could be towards the end, because the lap times were always going to drop so much compared to any other track.

"We knew this and therefore concentrated on working on getting the pace on harder tyres and in the end that paid off."

It wasn't all plain sailing for Jessopp however, who not for the first time in 2015 made things tough for himself going into the first race on the Sunday.

"I messed qualifying up again which seems to be a very bad habit I've got into this season," he continued.

"Although to be fair to myself in the first qualifier I was in 23rd position but that was only half a second off the fastest, which just shows the depth of the field in British Superbikes this year.

"Starting from 23rd on the grid didn't make Sunday easy for us but we managed to pull through two fairly uneventful races. The racing is just so close though. In the first I finished in 10th and I was two seconds off fourth so it shows the level that we're at."

Following his points finish at Brands two weeks before Jessopp said that Thruxton was always a good circuit for him and that having the fans behind him played a big part in that success.

"Home advantage does make a difference," he said.

"All my family was there and my daughter was watching me for the first time, so it's not like at any other weekend where you just keep yourself to yourself. It's nice to have people there to take your mind off things and I think it definitely helps."

Jessopp now has a three-week break before the next BSB race meet at Cadwell Park on August 21. It's probably just as well as after suffering with siatic nerve damage in his back and leg at Brands, his specialist appointment at Nuffield Health in Taunton was cancelled after the machine broke.

Clearly the luck isn't all going his way, but that check has been rescheduled for Thursday and with confidence and form high, he won't want to be away from the bike for too long.

"It's nice to have some time off now, but the good thing is we've got a test booked at Cadwell Park before the race - which is very rare - so that's ideal to be able to get there and do some work and get a session or two ahead," Jessopp concluded

"The last two races the pace has been there. The results at Brands perhaps didn't quite show how hard we worked, but now I've managed to transform that pace to show I'm a top ten rider so we can build on that.

"Confidence is everything and when that's high it's a big help and we are now definitely confident for the second half of the season and think it will be lot better than the first.

"All round it was a good weekend and I'm really happy

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