Martin Jessopp swaps World Supersport for Weymouth Beach Race
Yeovil racer Martin Jessopp swapped the world's most famous racetracks for the Dorset coast on Sunday when he competed in the annual Weymouth Beach Race.
Returning to his motocross roots, the 26-year-old let off steam following a testing year in World Supersport by finishing seventh in both of his races in the Expert class, taking sixth overall.
The father-of-one who is currently in Italy discussing a potential step up to World Superbikes for 2013 said his performance surprised him.
"It was a very good afternoon," he said. "It is an event I never really take that seriously or get nervous for but with so many people down from Yeovil and Crewkerne, including about ten of us racing, I started to get a bit nervous after finishing in the top ten last year.
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"I had two really good races and beat some established guys from the South West motocross scene. I had a couple seventh-placed finishes and came sixth overall, which I was really surprised with considering I have only rode twice since May."
Jessopp added that it made a pleasant change to be racing alongside friends. "I woke up Sunday morning in my bed, went out and rode for the day, had two good results and really enjoyed myself and was then back in my own bed that same night," he said.
"That doesn't happen very often for me so the local events are really enjoyable, especially when I have got all my mates there. So many people came down from Yeovil and it is great to see that support.
"Myself, my usual mechanic Greg Smith and James Kensington were in the experts whilst the others were in the juniors, but it was a good craic and was enjoyable listening to all of our stories after the race. It was nice to be sharing something with my mates, for a change, that we all understood."
See tomorrow's Western Gazette for more on Martin Jessopp's make or break World Superbikes meeting