New crew chief gives Martin Jessopp boost for World Supersport season run-in
Martin Jessopp has hailed the fledgling relationship established in Russia with his new crew chief.
Former British Superbikes mechanic Alec Tague joined the Rapid Riders Performance Technical Honda team for the first time in Moscow.
Although Jessopp could only finish 19th in the tenth World Supersport round, he was left purring when a focus on earlier and lighter braking in corners resulted in faster times.
Jessopp said Tague’s arrival could not have started better. “We have known him for a while, he has been around the paddock and he worked with a Superbikes team for many years,” he said.
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“Their team are not doing the British Superbikes this year so he is free for the last few rounds. He is a good guy and someone that I have known from before, but I had never worked with him.
“He came forward to the team to say he was interested in doing it and from the first round it has worked really well. It is strange and hard to explain, but it is like starting a new relationship.
“You work so closely with them and you are suddenly thrown in the deep end with a new mechanic but it worked out brilliantly and we are all really happy about how it worked. It should be better for the next weekend.”
Jules Cluzel registered PTR’s best finish in the series’ first ever visit to Russia, coming second after his first place at Silverstone. Jessopp described the trip to the circuit 60 miles from Moscow as an eye-opener.
The father-of-one said: “It was a big shock to me. You see all the pictures of Moscow as a beautiful city but we had a local girl help us all weekend with the language barrier who said that Moscow was not really part of Russia, it is its own part of Europe.
“I only went to Moscow for the airport and the real Russia was a big shock, I did not realise people still lived like that, especially in this part of the world. It is certainly a lot different.”