BSB: Ellison: 'I'll have to stick my neck out, but that's BSB!'

Published: 16 April 2017

James Ellison was thrilled to take the McAMS Yamaha team’s first pole position in today’s MCE British Superbike qualifying with the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

However, it’s not just one-lap pace he’s happy with after a breakthrough in sector one has boosted his confidence ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

Initially Ellison had been concerned a weakness at paddock and Druids would leave him vulnerable to the hard nature of passing that is commonplace in BSB, but he’s now confident of fighting for the Keith Flint-backed McAMS team’s first win in one of tomorrow’s races.

However, the Cumbrian is aware he’ll have to push on in the early stages of the dogfight if he’s to remain at the front at the notoriously difficult to pass Brands Indy circuit.

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“I am so happy to be on pole position,” Ellison said. “We had been struggling a bit in sector one and I knew that was where Luke was strong, but then it was the opposite between us in the final sector.

"We made some changes and I was then able to get closer to Luke. I knew he was the danger man for one lap and race distance and I think we have found a good setting on both tyre combinations now, so I am feeling confident.

"It will be tough and I am going to have to stick my neck out, but that’s how the championship is this year. I don’t want Leon to beat me this time as it was so close last year! I am looking forward to a good battle in the races tomorrow.”

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