Racer remains upbeat after test
BRITISH Superbikes ace Martin Jessopp heads to Cadwell Park for the second time in seven days this week still no closer to resolving start issues that have dogged recent weeks.
The Ridersmotorcycles.com racer of Yeovil returns north for round eight of the MCE-sponsored competition having visited last week for a test.
Jessopp may not have got to the bottom of a problem that has resulted in sluggish starts, but he remains confident of better results having tackled mechanical issues with his BMW that would only have cropped up during the meeting.
He said: "The test didn't go as planned and in fact went the complete opposite to what we wanted but it turned out not to be such a bad day in the end.
"We tried to do the different things with the start that we wanted but they didn't work and we also had a couple of mechanical issues, which meant we only completed half a day.
"But with the mechanical issues, had we not tested at Cadwell Park they would've hit us this weekend. It was good to get up there and get them out of the way, which is the only positive I can take from it.
"It was useful to get out on the track and blow of the cobwebs, as I haven't been there for a couple of years, and get the mechanical problems sorted. It wasn't a disaster but it definitely didn't go the way we wanted it to."
The 27-year-old added to his meagre points tally with an improved display at Oulton Park earlier this month.
He will take to his bike for this week's free practice with a freshly-tuned engine and fresh optimism ahead of the summer's closing rounds.
"These sessions are always very important but we've got a new spec engine that has been tuned in-house at the BMW factory so that will be interesting to try," he said.
"There won't be a massive difference, maybe a small difference on the fuelling, but it's all positive moves forward. It's important that we get out on that first day and work hard on the things we wanted to do in the test but ran out of time.
"We are still a session ahead of where we normally would be on a race weekend, which is good.
"It's a brand new engine and we've used a tuned-in service that they offer. The tuning hasn't been a problem and we had a crazy amount of horsepower at the start of the year which are now nowhere near.
"We turned it down because it wasn't ride-able with the BSB electronics. The tuning we can do ourselves but it's good to try something else with the guys that actually made the bike who I am sure know what they are doing."
Jessopp counts the Lincolnshire track as one of his favourite in the series, hailing the famed Mountain that often sees racers take off as they hit the summit.
And after training sessions with a professional motocross rider at Yeovil's Fight Academy, Jessopp said he was looking forward to tackling a circuit that best suited his start in motorsport.
He said: "Coming from a motocross background, it's the only circuit in the world with a jump in it and The Mountain always at Cadwell Park always proves a big talking point.
"There are plenty of undulations, with tight corners, fast corners and plenty of lefts and rights. It's got everything and is a track I really enjoy riding.
"It's a very hard track to go fast on and a very hard track to race on, it's really difficult to overtake there because it is just so narrow. I really enjoy every lap around there, even last week in the test."