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British Superbikes ace Martin Jessopp has no recollection of test crash horror

By WGSweet  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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Martin Jessopp

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Martin Jessopp cannot remember anything of the testing crash that left him with bleeding on the brain and admits preparation for his MCE British Superbikes return can only get better.

The 27-year-old from Yeovil is home again after track time aboard his new RidersMotorcycles.com BMW Superstock bike ended prematurely with emergency treatment in a Portuguese hospital.

Jessopp – back in BSB after an injury-plagued year in World Supersport – suffered a head injury and a broken arm when thrown from the BMW S1000RR at the Portimao circuit.

In his first interview since the crash, the former Ducati favourite said: "I don't remember any of it to be honest.

"I can just only remember getting to the track in the morning, but can't really remember anything from getting up in the morning until the accident.

"I have probably had about four other serious accidents like that with serious concussion and you never really remember anything.

"You get little bits back, but I can't recall anything from the morning and it was definitely not how we wanted the test to go at the start of the year. It can only get better."

Although his injuries will keep Jessopp out of the gym for almost a month, the father-of-one is unlikely to miss out on track time with official BSB testing scheduled for March.

Jessopp said his overwhelming emotion was annoyance at the test being cut short by the accident, adding his injuries were almost an occupational hazard.

"Us racers haven't got that part in their brain where they look back and worry about stuff so even if I could remember it, it wouldn't concern or bother me," he said. "I love doing it because there are not many people that can do it and the risks are so big.

"With races like the North West 200 and Macau, the risks are so big and that is why people respect our sport so much because it takes a lot of courage to do it.  It comes at a price sometimes, as I have seen again this week."

See today's Western Gazette for more on Martin Jessopp's test disaster

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