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Martin Jessopp signs up for North West 200

'It's a challenging course but that's why it's one of the favourites so I'm looking forward to returning on a great bike' - Martin Jessopp
Up and coming road racing hot-shot Martin Jessopp has confirmed his return to the Relentless International North West 200 in Northern Ireland next month.

Jessopp, who is competing in the World Supersport Championship this year on the Riders PTR Honda, will ride Ducati machinery in the Superbike and Superstock races.

Last year, he qualified in second place behind his then team-mate Michael Rutter for the premier Superbike class.

Jessopp continued on an upward spiral at the Macau Grand Prix in November, where he finished as the runner-up – again to that man Rutter, who is chasing his 13th victory at the North West on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki machines.

Jessopp (26), based in Somerset, said: “I've enjoyed the North West 200 experience each year I've been but, of course, have my sights set on a trophy. I was really pleased with my qualifying time last year and am hoping to top that this year,” he said.

“It's a challenging course but that's why it's one of the favourites so I'm looking forward to returning on a great bike.”

The race week festival gets under way on Monday, May 14 with daytime practice on the Tuesday and Thursday plus the new Vauxhall Supertwin race and the Livewire AV Superstock race following practice on the Thursday evening.

On Saturday, May 19, the schedule includes two Superbike and Supersport races and the second leg of the Superstock class.





Related Pictures

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Martin Jessopp, Riders Bathams Ducati, 2011 North West 200
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Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix

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BANTER

April 06, 2012 3:36 PM

I for one am delighted to see Martain Jessopp back this year, both Rutter and Jessopp fighting over pole was great to watch.The lads a great rider and i wish him all the best this year pitty he cant ride the Ulster GP..



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