Aug 8, 2016

Martin Jessopp's crash felt like doing 'ten rounds with Mike Tyson'

Martin Jessopp has tried to explain just what it feels like to be involved in a high speed motorcycle crash.

The Yeovil racer was enjoying practice at Brands Hatch ahead of the seventh race of the 2016 British Superbikes Championship before he came off his BMW on the fastest corner.

"I was sliding down the road and then hit the gravel and tumbled like a rag doll, but I got up and felt OK and thought 'great, I'm not injured'," Jessopp said.


"So I went out for the next practice, but when I woke up the next morning I felt like I had done ten rounds with Mike Tyson.

"It is quite hard to explain to people who don't race what it is like to be in a crash, but imagine putting a helmet and leathers on, going down the A303 at 85mph and opening the passenger door and stepping out.

"So I felt a bit sore and was playing catch-up from then onward and I knew it was going to be a tough race day."

Despite being hindered by his injuries Jessopp managed to end up just outside of the points in both of the main races, with 17th and 19th places finishes.

"I was sat on the grid before not happy because I had a good Thruxton [securing his first points of the season in the previous round] and wanted to carry that through," he said.

"But the team did everything they could and I did everything I could and we were still mixing it up in the toughest domestic championship in the world by far.

"It is all ifs and buts in racing, but without the crash I could well have been among the points."

Jessopp will now enjoy an extended break as he gets over his Brands Hatch crash, with the next meeting - at Cadwell Park - on August 27 to 29.

"I will have a couple of days off training now and then ease back into full training after some rehabilitation," he said.

"Luckily we have the next two weekends off before I go to Cadwell Park, where I rode well last year.

"I qualified in the top nine but made a mistake in the race so we know we can perform there."