Martin Jessopp is to make an unexpected appearance on the World Supersport Championship grid at Magny-Cours after taking up the vacant seat alongside Gino Rea at Step Racing Honda.

The 25-year-old has been a regular on the MCE British Superbike Championship grid for the past four seasons, most recently scoring a career-best result of fourth position at Donington Park.

However, for one weekend he will swap his twin-cylinder Rapid Bathams Ducati for a 600cc Honda with an outing in France alongside Brno race winner Rea at Step Racing in the absence of Vladimir Ivanov, who also didn't race at Imola.

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Jessopp will join fellow BSB rider James Ellison on the Magny-Cours grid, while British Supersport regular Paul Pekkanen is also competing in France aboard his 777RR Triumph Daytona 675.