Martin Jessopp relishes dangerous challenge of Macau Grand Prix
Superbikes ace Martin Jessopp will let his racing impress this weekend rather than talking up his chances at one of the world’s most dangerous events.
The Yeovil racer will take to the streets of Macau for the fourth time tomorrow, aiming to go one better than last year’s runner-up spot behind former team-mate and seven-time winner Michael Rutter.
Although building a reputation as a formidable road racer, Jessopp, remained coy about his chances around the perilous circuit on the Chinese administrative island.
“I am confident we can get a good result,” the 27-year-old said. “I am not the sort of rider that bigs himself up before a race, I just let my riding do the talking.
“We are going back with the same bike and crew as last year and we will also have with us Italian technician Christian Moretti who works with Ducati. He has got more data from Macau so we are quite confident we can do well.
“It will be just myself in my team. Michael will be the Honda team and will still be the one to beat, he is Mr Macau. Whatever sort of bike he is on he will be the favourite and he deserves to be with seven wins around there.
“He is the man that the rest of us have got to beat but there are also a whole bunch of guys that will be over there that I think are capable of winning the race. It will be an interesting race.”
Aside from a testing first - and what will prove only - year in World Supersport, Jessopp had his bid for North West 200 glory in Ireland ended by a three-bike crash that saw him break his collarbone as the first rider in the shunt.
However, he had already set a course record fastest speed of 208MPH and said he was looking forward to becoming part of an elite group racing at Macau this weekend.
Jessopp, who flew out last week, said: “The danger factor puts off a lot of people but if you can do it you become part of the elite few and it becomes a small circle of people that go out and push it to the limit at the most dangerous circuit in the world.
“The whole time we are away there, it is great to be in a completely different race environment. You see the World Touring Car Championship, Formula Three and other Grand Prix races there so it is completely different to anything else in the world. It is nice to be one of the few that gets invited there.
“Once you are in Macau and in the city you can carry on eating your European food, like any other city in the world. But it is still one of my favourite places that I have been lucky enough to have gone to with my job.
“I really look forward to going there and this year we will be going a couple of days earlier than before because the bike is in a show.
“We will get two more days sight- seeing, which will be nice.”