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.