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Ulster Grand Prix keen on Jessopp Dundrod debut

'It would be great to have him at the Ulster Grand Prix and we'll be working to make it happen' - Noel Johnston
Ulster Grand Prix chief Noel Johnston hopes to finalise a deal with British Superbike rider Martin Jessopp for the international road race meeting in August.

Jessopp – already an established name at the Macau Grand Prix and North West 200 – is set to make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in June and has also expressed a desire to compete at Dundrod in the summer.

In 2012, Jessopp was clocked at 208mph on the fastest part of the North West 200 circuit on the Riders Ducati, topping the previous quickest speed trap time of 204mph achieved by Stuart Easton on the Swan Honda Fireblade.

The 28-year-old Yeovil man will ride BMW machinery this season under the Riders Motorcycles banner in the MCE British Superbike Championship and on the roads.

Johnston said: “Martin is high on our shopping list this year and I'm waiting to hear back from him about making his Dundrod debut.

“It would be great to have him at the Ulster Grand Prix and we'll be working to make it happen.”

Johnston is also hopeful that James Hillier will return to the Ulster Grand Prix this year on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki machines.

Hillier made the trip to Northern Ireland for the event in 2008, but sadly torrential rain resulted in the cancellation of the meeting.

The 2014 Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix – still the fastest road race meeting in the world following Bruce Anstey's record lap of almost 134mph in 2010 – will take place this year from August 11-16.



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Martin Jessopp - picture credit Ian Hopgood Photography
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman in action at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter topped the opening practice session for the 2016 Macau Grand Prix.
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.

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