Yeovil's Martin Jessopp is confident he can challenge for honours on the BMW S1000RR this year after returning to the British Superbike Championship.
Jessopp tried his luck in the World Supersport Championship in 2012 but admits his stint in the series 'didn't really work out' and the Riders Motorcycles ace is happy to be back in the 1000cc class.
He also outlined his plans to ride in a number of World Superbike rounds as a wild-card during an interview with the Western Gazzette
“Now that it's all announced, it's finally off my chest because I literally hadn't told anybody and it's nice to be able to start talking to potential sponsors and people who might be interesting in helping me this year,” said Jessopp.
“It was a bit of a shock and a disappointment to a lot of people when I left the British championship a year ago but we're back and from the comments on the social networks people have welcomed me with open arms and are glad to have me back - I'm glad to be back really.
“I went straight into World Supersport to ride 600s – I don't do things the easy way – but it didn't really work but I'm back on a Superbike, which is what I really enjoy riding and which is what I ride better,” he added.
“I'm back in the British Superbike Championship and I've unfinished business, so it'll be good to get back in there and try and get some podiums.”
Jessopp feels the experience he gained from riding at world level in 2012 will enhance his chances of running at the sharp end consistently this year.
“I've got more experience now and I've learnt a lot of things from racing around the world. What I learnt about corner entry speed on the '600' and things like that I think will help me in BSB now.