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Macau GP: Pole man Jessopp confident of chances

Martin Jessopp is itching to throw down his challenge for his maiden victory in Saturday's Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix after sealing pole for the first time.
Martin Jessopp said he 'couldn't be happier' after securing pole position for the first time at the 49th Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Yeovil man set final qualifying alight with a hot lap in 2m 24.387s to take the top spot from eight-time winner Michael Rutter (Penz13.com BMW) by more than one second, with Peter Hickman in third, also BMW-mounted on his Briggs Equipment S1000RR.

Jessopp has been a key contender at the legendary race in South China in recent years and finished on the podium again in 2014 in third behind Stuart Easton and Rutter.

The 28-year-old is in confident mood ahead of Saturday's 12-lap race, which is scheduled to take place at 7.05am GMT.

“I've been on the front row a few times at Macau, but never on pole. I couldn't be happier,” said Jessopp.

“I couldn't be any more ready. The pace in British Superbikes Championships is more than enough to go out and win any road race.

“It's just up to me to go there and perform on the day. I've had two second places and one third place: so three podiums, but I've never stood at the top and it's no secret that's what I want,” he added.

“I think it's the most dangerous race in the world - more so than the TT - so you've got to have respect for it.

“It just doesn't suit some people, but I love the road races. We've got all the tools to do it.”

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