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Jessopp determined to finally break his NW200 jinx

By Paul Lindsay

Published 07/04/2016

Martin Jessopp gives the thumbs up after enjoying a good pre-season test at Cartagena in Spain on the Riders BMW
Martin Jessopp gives the thumbs up after enjoying a good pre-season test at Cartagena in Spain on the Riders BMW

The fastest man ever through the Vauxhall International North West 200 speed trap is Martin Jessopp, and he is hoping that Lady Luck will shine this May as he aims for his maiden victory at the Triangle.

He zipped through the speed trap at 208mph on a Ducati back in 2012, but sadly when it comes to race days the results have stubbornly refused to materialise.

"The North West has never really worked out for me," lamented the Somerset-based Riders BMW ace (pictured), who was runner-up at last year's Macau Grand Prix to Peter Hickman after leading for the opening half of the race before tyre problems halted his progress.

"It always seems to fall apart on race days.

"People say I had a fantastic Macau last year but I wouldn't call it fantastic. It definitely gave me a boost though."

The lanky Yeovil man will bring a full stable of machinery to race in every class at this year's North West.

He explained: "I will be on my BMW Superbike as normal and I will also ride a BMW in the Superstock races.

"The BMW is so good out of the box it would be very silly not to use it in the Superstock class."

The 27-year-old will also return to Supersport action at the NW200 on a 675cc Triumph, a class he hasn't competed in for the past four years, but he will undoubtedly be considered a front-runner come race day.

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