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Martin Jessopp still working on World Superbike Championship switch

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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Yeovil racer Martin Jessopp’s World Superbikes dream is back on track even if talks are not progressing as quickly as he would like.

The Yeovil-based former British Superbikes ace had hoped to enter last weekend’s final World Supersport round with a deal sealed.

However he now ends the year with doubt surrounding his future for just the second time in his career.

Jessopp, 26, revealed earlier in the summer that he did not wish to continue competing in the globe’s best 600cc series, ending his association with Performance Technical Racing after just a year.

But his venture on the international stage will not be time wasted as he continues negotiations to rub shoulders with some of motorsport’s biggest names.

Jessopp has shared the paddock with the likes of Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi in 2012 but wants to share a grid and go toe-to-toe with them in 2013.

The father-of-one said he held further meetings with manufacturer Ducati at Magny Cours, France, but suggested negotiations had not advanced at the pace he and his team had wished.

“Plans moved forward again this weekend but perhaps in a different direction to what we originally thought,” he said.

“During the previous round we held good talks with Ducati about moving up to World Superbikes but they have perhaps gone in a different direction now.

“It is all going to plan at the minute, but maybe not as quickly as we would ideally like to.”

Jessopp will compete on a Ducati before the year is out and travelled to Leicestershire’s Mallory Park this week to reacquaint himself with his ride from last year’s BSB series ahead of next month’s Macau Grand Prix.

Having struggling to switch from the 1000cc superbike to the smaller Rapid Riders PTR Honda, Jessopp is hoping for a permanent return to the Italian bike but conceded finances remain a familiar hurdle.

He said: “My number one goal is to join the World Superbikes. If I could agree a deal with a sponsor tomorrow I would be entering the World Superbikes with a Ducati next year.

“But as with everything, it is all down to sponsors and money so we will see how it goes and see what we can broker.”

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