Martin Jessopp has targeted resolving “unfinished business” when he returns to MCE British Superbikes on a BMW this year.
The Yeovil racer will be the sole rider in the Ridersmotorcycles.com team after announcing his plans for the upcoming season today.
Having endured a tough time in the 600cc World Supersport series in 2012, Jessopp is back in BSB a little over a year after leaving.
The 27-year-old former Ducati man has immediately targeted a spot towards the top end of the grid and revealed aspirations to compete in World Superbikes remain alive.
As well as the BSB bike, Jessopp’s team will boast a full-specification World Superbike and a Superstock ride for selected road races.
“We’re back to deal with unfinished business,” said Jessopp. “We took a year away, which didn’t really work and I would like to be up in the World Superbikes but without a big sponsor that was not possible.
“The intention is to carry on from where I left off, improving from my finishes that were just shy of the podiums. I want to be straight back there.
“I think we will be doing at least a couple of World Superbikes wild cards, as well as some road races thrown in for good measure.”
Jessopp, who has added experienced BSB crew chief Dave ‘Desmo’ Allenby to his team, admitted his choice of machinery may surprise some but was looking forward to working closely with Italian firms Alpha Racing and Motorrad Italia GoldBet.
He said: “A few people must have worked out what we were doing as we have been ordering parts but those are only people within the industry and only a few knew.
“I think it will be a surprise to a few with the machinery we have chosen but I have had a little bit of experience on a BMW with the Superstocks before.
“It’s such a good bike straight out of the crate and, like with everything we do, we are really going with a full effort.”
Martin Jessopp talks about his 2013 MCE British Superbikes season in an exclusive interview with Chris Sweet in tomorrow's Western Gazette.