Debutant hails role of his team-mate in tricky first year
WORLD Supersport debutant Martin Jessopp has praised the role played by team-mate and title hopeful Sam Lowes in his first year in the series.
The Yeovil-based racer has struck up a sound understanding with his fellow Brit this year and despite struggling for points and fortune Jessopp said Lowes' input into his opening year in the 600cc series has proved invaluable.
Jessopp travels to Germany's Nurburgring this weekend with his Rapid Riders Performance Technical Racing team. It will be the first time the 26-year-old will have raced at the historic circuit, but he said hours studying the track on the PlayStation will be built on by accompanying Lowes on scooters today.
Jessopp said: "I do quite a lot of preparation with Sam. I am quite close to him and he helps me when I need it and I try and return the favour when he needs it. It is quite good and we will have the gear patterns because the team have been there for many years and have a good set-up.
"We will have an idea of what gears we will be using when we get there, I'll take the gear chart out on the scooter and that should help out a lot.
"Sam is a big help and it is always good having a team-mate like that. I have always had a really good or really fast team-mate like Sam so to learn from them is great.
"We spend probably three or four laps on the scooters, going around getting a good idea. I will learn more on the first lap on my scooter than I will all day playing on a PlayStation. It is the same the next day where I will learn more on my out lap on the Supersport bike than I did all day on the scooter.
"There is not a lot more you can do than learn what corner is next and get some feedback on the scooter. We will try to get out on Friday at the end of the day with my crew chief and Sam, share a few reports and talk about gear changes and approaching corners. It is not a case of just going out there and riding the bike in circles, there is a lot of things you can do to help. With this level at a world championship it will be those tiny little things that you are chasing."
Jessopp will also make use of spare time following tomorrow's sessions to get back on the track and make the most of even more expert opinion.
"What will take us roughly a minute and a half to ride around on a Supersport bike, takes us 10-15 minutes or even longer on our scooters," he said.
"We stop at every corner and compare notes. Jeremy Williams, the ex-Grand Prix rider, helps teams in the paddock and we also try to get out with him as his knowledge of the tracks is incredible.
"If he can pass anything on it really helps and all the British riders try to get out with him and see what we can learn from him."