One step closer to vic­tory

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Martin Jes­sopp took one step closer to a maiden TT vic­tory as he fol­lowed Rut­ter home in the Light­weight race, im­prov­ing his best TT re­sult to the run­ner-up spot af­ter a de­but podium last year.

The re­sult comes af­ter Jes­sopp took his de­but vic­tory at the North West 200 ear­lier this year, where he won both Su­pers­port and Su­per­twin races. While he was gut­ted to lose out to good mate Rut­ter, he made his ri­val work for the win as they rode to­gether on the road to­wards the end of the race.

“I got beat by a bloke old enough to be my dad! It’s ter­ri­ble, ain’t it?” he joked. “I was the first proper Light­weight home, that’s what I’m telling him! On a se­ri­ous note, I did ev­ery­thing I could. I had my sights set on Lintin as he was the favourite af­ter win­ning the last cou­ple of years. I man­aged to get past him but knew it was Michael lead­ing as I could see the gap re­duc­ing on his board.

“I did four laps as hard as I pos­si­bly could, there was noth­ing more I could have done. He came past me on the moun­tain and I thought ‘sod sit­ting be­hind him, I’m gonna have some fun!’ We had quite a bat­tle on the road which ended up with him stand­ing on the pegs on the way out of Veran­dah, shak­ing his arse at me.”

Jes­sopp’s sec­ond podium comes in just his fourth year com­pet­ing at the TT, and with his de­but North West wins hav­ing come this year, he’s hop­ing to pick up his first fly­ing lady this time next year.

“With the lit­tle prac­tice we’ve had I’m chuffed. I’m not one of the guys who has tons of ex­pe­ri­ence. I need the laps. I was third on the twin last year, and sec­ond this year so we’ll try and keep the pat­tern go­ing in 2018.”

‘Com­ing out of Veran­dah, Rut­ter was stand­ing on the pegs, shak­ing his arse at me!’

Third in 2016, sec­ond this year. Will 2018 see Jes­sopp’s maiden win?

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