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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.”




Related Pictures

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Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
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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