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NW200: Jessopp: Luck has deserted me on race day

'The North West has never really worked out for me - it has always seemed to fall apart on race days' - Martin Jessopp.
Martin Jessopp feels he is due a change of luck at the Vauxhall International North West 200, where he still holds the fastest top speed record of 208mph set in 2012.

The Riders Motorcycle British Superbike contender returns to the Triangle road race this year to ride BMW S1000RR machinery in the Superbike and Superstock classes plus a Triumph 675 and Kawasaki Supertwin.

The Somerset rider, who made his debut at the event in 2008, finished as the runner-up behind Peter Hickman at the Macau Grand Prix in November and is hoping for another podium challenge at the North West, which takes place from May 10-14.

“The North West has never really worked out for me,” said Jessopp. “It has always seemed to fall apart on race days.

“There is no reason why I can't go there and get some good results and I still believe I am good enough to get podiums around there.

“I will be on my BMW Superbike as normal and I'll also ride a BMW in the Superstock races. The BMW is so good out of the box it would be silly not to use it in the stock class especially,” said Jessopp, who finished sixth in the Superstock race in 2015.

“I haven't ridden a Supersport bike for four years now but we have built one new ourselves and it is an awesome little thing,” he said.

“It feels so slow compared to the Superbike but it is so much fun to ride – a proper little racing machine without the scary speeds.”

After suffering clutch failure in both Supertwins races last May, Jessopp is determined to make up for the disappointment this time around and feels he was denied the chance of a possible maiden North West 200 win.

“I think I was more than capable of getting a podium or even a couple of wins if the clutch hadn't let me down in both those races,” he said.

“We need to get reliability and we have gone to town on building a special ER6 Kawasaki twin for this year. It's something a little bit different.”

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Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
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Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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