One step closer to victory
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?