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North West 200: Jessopp’s trophy aim

Martin Jessopp will return to the North Antrim Coast next month for the 2012 Relentless International North West 200 with no shortage of ambition.

The Somerset-based rider will race in the Superbike and Superstock races on a Ducati.

Jessopp only made his debut at the North West in 2010 but is aiming for a podium finish this time around.

“I’ve enjoyed the North West 200 experience each year I’ve been but, of course, have my sights set on a trophy,” he explained.

“I was really pleased with my qualifying time last year and am hoping to top that this year.

“It is a challenging course but that’s why it is one of the favourites so I’m looking forward to returning on a great bike,” he added.

At the 2011 North West, Jessopp finished third in the Tuesday night Superbike practice and was also third fastest through the speed trap, clocking 192mph.

The 26-year-old competed in the 2011 British Superbike Championship and this year has been competing in the World Supersport Championship on a PTR Honda. He finished second to Michael Rutter at the Macau race in November.

Ballymoney rider Adrian Archibald will compete in all seven races next month on AMA Racing Machinery.

The 2012 Relentless International North West 200 Race Week Festival begins on Monday, May 14. The new Vauxhall Supertwin Race and Livewire AV Superstock Race 1 take place on Thursday, May 17.

Saturday, May 19 will have a five race programme — two Superbike, two Supersport and Superstock. For further information visit www.northwest200.org

Belfast Telegraph