|Photo: Neil Dethridge|
Riders BMW man Martin Jessopp has said that had his team not gone out to Spain to test his new BMW
S1000RR it would have been unlikely they would have been on the grid for the first round of the British Superbikes at Brands Hatch.
Jessopp is currently testing in Cartagena reportedly alongside Bournemouth Kawasaki after the three official British Superbike tests in the UK were hampered by freezing temperatures, snow and rain. British Superbike bosses MSVR had imposed an overseas testing ban seemingly voted for by BSB teams, however after a cold and wet day at Snetteron last Wednesday, Jessopp among other riders vocally criticised the decision. Rumours circulating after the Snetterton test suggest that MSVR have waived the rule meaning teams could head to Spain prior to the first round of the season at Brands Hatch in just over a weeks time.
Speaking to PaddockChatter this afternoon, Jessopp said: “With a new bike and new electronics and no data we simply would not be at the first round if we did not have this test in Spain”.
Jessopp rode in World Supersport for PTR Honda last year and has previously competed in BSB with Ducati, he has never raced a BMW before therefore needed a strong testing period to get to grips with the bike. The Yeovil man seems pleased with the test: “Nice to finally get some decent laps on the new bike. 22 degrees here, feels like a heat wave compared to home. Never tested so much stuff in 2 days. Still lots of work to do but it’s looking good. Thanks to all my guys, they worked so hard with all the changes going on” Jessopp put on his Facebook page.