Racing ace wants added thrill for the 2014 season
MARTIN Jessopp has refused to rule out staying in British Superbikes alongside another rider for 2014 but stated he wants "something new to add excitement".
The Ridermotorcyles.com BMW competitor ended a testing first year back in the MCE-sponsored series with last place 20th and 15th finishes at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
His attentions have immediately turned to next month's Macau GP where he expects to be fighting at the other end of the grid in the world's most perilous road race.
Jessopp said he would fully focus on options for next year when he returns from the Chinese principality, admitting he still had an open mind with regards to the future.
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Having failed to hide frustration at the limitations of a one-rider team with a brand new bike, Jessopp said he could return with extra company. But the 27-year-old said the next step in his career would have to "excite".
"It's that sort of time where we look to next year," he said. "We don't really have a clue what's going to happen.
"My dad (team owner Phil Jessopp) and the team would like to continue with the BMW in BSB so we've got next year in the back of our minds.
"At the moment we're flat out preparing for Macau because the bike has got to be ready and in London on Friday.
"All attention is currently going into that with 2014 in the back of our minds. We are thinking, but to be honest we have only really been worrying about this year and what we can do.
"We would definitely think about it (an extra rider). We've got the team structure to easily add another rider but as with everything it's all down to sponsorship.
"I'm not ruling out being back in Britain, gracing the BSB, but I would also like to add something new to my racing and excite me a bit more."
Injuries and handling problems have plagued Jessopp's year, with the father-of-one admitting it has taken time to rebuild his confidence.
How- ever, he said there were no regrets at heading back to the series where he enjoyed success on a Ducati, although he wants improvement soon, if only to boost his own morale.
Jessopp said: "We knew at the start of the season that we had a big task ahead of us. I don't mind admitting it now, even though we only had three crashes all season – which some people have in a weekend – they were all big ones with quite serious injuries.
"I struggled a bit with confidence, coming back from them, and I don't mind admitting that now that the British season is over.
"The problems with the bike continued into the last weekend where there was never any feel. It was either gripping or it's trying to throw you off the back, trying to highside you.
"There are no regrets. I wouldn't have changed much, probably only the crashes. I've only had three crashes and they were monster highsides – three of the biggest highsides I've had in my career.
"It's just unlucky that I got injured from two out of three. People like Noriyuki Haga have had more crashes in the past three rounds than I've had all year but he was able to just get up and get back away.
"I haven't had that luck on my side, if I was to fall down the stairs I'd break my neck. I wouldn't change anything, I don't regret it.
"But I'm not getting any younger and I just need to get some results back to restore my faith in myself."