Sep 1, 2016

Yeovil rider Martin Jessopp ruled out of latest British Superbikes round with back injury

Martin Jessopp was left disappointed after a recurring back problem ruled him out of the latest round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park.

The BMW rider was taking part in practice at the Lincolnshire circuit when he suffered a prolapsed disk, a recurrence of an injury that first affected him last year.

After taking part in qualifying, where he set the 19th fastest time, despite struggling to ride flat out for more than a lap at a time, Jessopp failed to recover from the injury and was forced to withdraw from both races on Monday.

The Yeovil rider's attention now turns to ensuring that he is fit for the next round of the series at Oulton Park in a fortnight.

Jessopp said: "It was a problem I had last year where I had to miss a round with a prolapsed disk and sciatica.

"I flew to the USA and back on business just before the races, so probably being sat on a plane for that long didn't help it, but I was going through practice and I felt a shooting pain in my spine.

"I feared the worst because it felt just like the last time it happened. I managed to get off the bike and have physio on it, but I could only do one lap at a time in qualifying.

"We left the decision to race or not until race day, but the problem was worse on Monday. It's disappointing because if you crash and get hurt, you can accept that, but with this I was riding along and it happened."

Before his injury, Jessopp was buoyed by the fact that he was running strongly in free practice, despite missing a pre-race test session that many of his rivals ran at.

It leaves him confident that he can race strongly at the final four rounds of the season, provided he is fit to take part.

Jessopp added: "My thoughts are on making sure I'm fit for Oulton Park, and I'm taking it day by day at the moment, but if I can do that, all of the tracks that are left suit my riding style.

"For me, if I'm not in the points then it's a poor result for me. I believe I can score points in every race and that's what I will be aiming for when I get back."

Thanks to the Western Gazette for the use of this article