Jessopp sets late lap to top Macau practice

Published: 19 November 2015

MCE British Superbike regular Martin Jessopp was a surprise P1 after this morning’s practice session for the 2015 Macau Grand Prix, after a lap late in the session demoted early leader John McGuinness to second.

McGuinness was the only man to dip into the 2:30 lap times for most of the session on his Honda Racing TT machine, with Jessopp, Michael Rutter and Austrian Horst Saiger swapping places behind him.

However, a lap in the closing stages of the session – after a self-inflicted mechanical earlier in the hour long stint – left Jessopp some 0.051 faster than McGuinness as he just dipped inside the 2:28 laps.

“I missed a gear early on in the session, stretched the chain and had to come in and sort that out. Then, as usual, it was a struggle to get a clear lap, but if you do get a clear lap you can make it fast. It’s not anyone’s fault – it’s just a really hard track to pass on.

“You forget just how hard it is around there! I say it every year at the end of the first session, but honestly, it’s bad. It’s the hottest it’s been in a few years too, and my leathers are stuck to me! Going through those walls takes some time to get your brain used to it too – there’s nothing like this place anywhere in the world.”

With Saiger leading the provisional second row in fourth, former winner Ian Hutchinson slotted in behind him in fifth alongside Peter Hickman.

Defending champion Stuart Easton, getting his first run out on the SMT Yamaha that Josh Brookes took to BSB title glory, was back in tenth, behind a trio of Johnsons, in the form of Lee Johnston in seventh, Gary Johnson in eighth and David Johnson in ninth.

The action resumes this afternoon with the first of two qualifying sessions set to get underway at 1545 local time (0745 UK time).

POS NO RIDER  NAT TEAM  TIME LAPS GAP
 1   40   Martin Jessopp   GBR   Riders Motorcycles BMW   2:28.970   13    
 2   4   John McGuinness   GBR   Honda Racing   2:29.021   10   0.051 
 3   7   Michael Rutter   GBR   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China   2:29.142   11   0.172 
 4   3   Horst Saiger   AUT   Saiger-Heidger Macau Race Team   2:29.452   16   0.482 
 5   9   Ian Hutchinson   GBR   Paul Bird Motorsport Ltd   2:30.434   14   1.464 
 6   60   Peter Hickman   GBR   Briggs Equipment BMW   2:30.911   15   1.941 
 7   13   Lee Johnston   GBR   East Coast Construction   2:31.448   11   2.478 
 8   5   Gary Johnson   GBR   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China   2:31.739   13   2.769 
 9   16   David Johnson   AUS   Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade   2:32.019   15   3.049 
 10   1   Stuart Easton   GBR   SMT/Booth Yamaha   2:33.116   13   4.146 
 11   22   Conor Cummins   IOM   Honda Racing   2:33.715   11   4.745 
 12   54   Steve Heneghan   IRL   ReactiveParts.com   2:34.079   10   5.109 
 13   26   Didier Grams   GER   Saiger-Heidger Macau Race Team   2:34.544   10   5.574 
 14   15   Jimmy Storrar   GBR   Paul Bird Motorsport Ltd   2:35.770   14   6.800 
 15   20   Dan Cooper   GBR   Space Centre Racing   2:35.902   12   6.932 
 16   24   James McBride   GBR   Morello Racing   2:36.391   12   7.421 
 17   39   Allann-Jon Venter   RSA   CF Racing Team 32   2:37.041   11   8.071 
 18   111   Brian McCormack   IRL   TAG Racing   2:37.346   11   8.376 
 19   14   Andre Pires   POR   Team SBK/IncortCar # Yamaha   2:38.154   14   9.184 
 20   10   Mark Miller   USA   Splitlath EBR   2:38.159   5   9.189 
 21   11   Paul Shoesmith   GBR   Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade   2:39.318   11   10.348 
 22   72   Russell Mountford   GBR   VRS Racing   2:39.468   11   10.498 
 23   18   Nuno Caetano   POR   FMP Team Portugal   2:39.944   5   10.974 
 24   48   Herve Gantner   SUI   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad   2:40.769   11   11.799 
 25   31   Dan Kruger   CAN   Penz13.com by Special Olympics & MGM Macau   2:40.874   12   11.904 
 26   6   Ivan Lintin   GBR   RC Express Racing   2:42.430   12   13.460 
 27   88   Brandon Cretu   USA   Bimota Factory Racing   2:42.741   11   13.771 
 28   34   Ben Wylie   GBR   Bimota Factory Racing   2:43.119   7   14.149 
 29   71   Davy Morgan   GBR   Magic Bullet Racing   2:43.760   11   14.790 
 30   62   Sam West   GBR   PR Racing LLOYD & JONES Kawasaki   2:45.472   18   16.502 
 31   90   Tom McHale   GBR   CF Racing Team 32   3:05.449   2   36.479 
 32   65   Michael Sweeney   IRL   Martin Jones Racing   undefined   0