Jul 28, 2016

BSB Points for Jessopp

The 2016 British Superbikes Championship can continue in earnest for Martin Jessopp after his first points of the season.

The star always enjoys racing at the Wiltshire track and hopes that his good weekend there can kick-start the campaign, with tenth and 15th place finishes securing points in both races.

"I'm very happy. Every race we set out for points and then after that a top ten," Jessopp said.

"So it was great for the first points and the first top ten to come at the same time.

"We had a new plan after the mistakes we made in the last round and we decided to work on the harder tyre for races.

"The first race was red-flagged which was a shame because although I was in 21st position at the time I was the fourth fastest man on the track because it had taken some time for the harder tyre to warm up.

"There was a fresh restart and came from 23rd and the hard tyres just worked. I was overtaking race winners and passing one or two riders every lap. I finished in tenth place and it was awesome and it was great that a tyre strategy had finally played into our hands.

"The second race I started 21st and was in the mix with some good battles. I did not quite have the advantage I had in the first race because others had switched to harder tyres as well, but I was slipping and sliding around Thruxton and finished 15th. All in all it was a good weekend.

"Hopefully this is the turning point in the season. We will go onto Brands now where we have also had good results in the past and hopefully I can repay the faith the team have put in me."

Although it is in a different county to his home town of Yeovil, Jessopp considers Thruxton to be his home track and he always takes plenty of support with him as well - which clearly helps considering it is often the 30-year-old's best points haul of the year.

"It is a track I love. It is fast and there are no silly hairpins or chicanes," he said.

"It is only an hour up the road so it is local for us and it just happens to be the best track on the calendar.

"It is even more special because there is no testing there, so everyone only ever races there and that means setup issues are all the same.

"I had so much support and had 50 or 60 tickets and to have good results as well just makes it even more worthwhile."

Jessopp will next be in British Superbikes action at Brands Hatch on August 5 to 7.