Martin Jessopp returns to superbike for Macau GP test
Martin Jessopp returns to a superbike today as he turns attentions from his challenging year in World Supersport to the Macau GP.
The Yeovil racer tests the Ducati he competed on in May's North West 200 at Leicestershire's Mallory Park, aiming to finalise settings ahead of next month's trip to the world's most perilous road race.
Former British Superbikes ace Jessopp concluded what will be his only year in the global 600cc series on Sunday, guiding his Rapid Riders Performance Technical Racing Honda to 18th at Magny Cours, France.
Following a year dogged by injury and misfortune, the 26-year-old is relishing the opportunity to jump back on the bike he used to smash the North West top speed record.
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Jessopp said: "I have not really ridden the bike all year so it is very important for me to get out and familiarise myself with it again.
"With road racing you cannot go testing for racing around places like the North West 200, Isle of Man or Macau. There is no testing like it because there is nothing in the world like those races.
"All you can achieve by riding on the bike beforehand is making sure you are happy with your bar positions, foot pegs and levers.
"It is not like when you test for a track race where you can try different settings because with Macau it is unique. This week will be about making sure that when we get to China and pull the bike out of the crate I am as happy as I can be."
The father-of-one – who hopes to seal a World Superbikes ride for next year – is also unfazed by returning to the track where he broke his leg two years ago.
"That corner was only included for the British Superbikes so you never use it. I do not think it and us racers do not have that worry in their brains," he said.
"It does not bother me, the injury was like chipping my toe nail – it just does not register when you are going around the same circuit."
See tomorrow's Western Gazette to read Martin Jessopp's thoughts on his year in World Supersport and his plans for 2013