Martin Jessopp: Shoulder injuries destroyed World Supersport momentum
Two shoulder injuries in as many weeks effectively signalled the start of Martin Jessopp’s World Supersport woes, according the man himself.
The Rapid Riders Performance Technical Racing Honda man of Yeovil has pinpointed a broken collarbone sustained in May’s North West 200 and a muscle problem as factors behind getting just one point to date in the 600cc class.
He said: “I was putting it to the back of my mind that the two shoulder injuries hadn’t affected me, but not kidding myself and trying to be positive.
“But looking back and being honest two shoulder injuries within two weeks on the same shoulder was far from ideal and it did hold me back for longer than I thought.
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“The momentum of the season was going well until I got taken out at the North West 200. That was a big race for me and from then on the momentum didn’t pick up.
“That was a big race and things were going well where I was on the edge of the points in every race despite a bit of bad luck. Being realistic, it all stopped from the North West race onwards.
“It is something that was again out of my hands and it could happen anywhere. It is just one of those things that is very disappointing.”
After guiding his Honda to 22nd in Portimao while struggling with gearbox, clutch and tyre issues, Jessopp said he was now focused on ending the year at Magny Corps.
The 26-year-old has previous experience of the French circuit, having appeared as a guest at last year’s World Superbikes round.
“It is a track that I went to last year and I did practice and qualifying there,” he said. “I know which way the track goes and it is a little bit different to the rest of the World Supersport tracks where it is a bit more stop and start. On paper that should suit me better.
“I am not beating myself up about Portugal, this will probably be the last race I have on a World Supersport bike so it will be one where I want to go out on a high, getting stuck in from free practice one.”
On Jessopp’s display in Portugal, PTR team manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Martin had trouble with gear selection but it was always going to be difficult from 29th on the grid. He stuck to his task and finished which is credit to him.”