Cadwell Park British Superbikes: James Ellison withdraws

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James Ellison has withdrawn from this weekend’s ninth round of the British Superbike Championship due to a ligament injury in his right hand.

Ellison, who injured the hand last week riding enduro bikes, has struggled over the past two days and qualified 16th; a poor result by his own high standards this season.

And with Cadwell being a technically demanding circuit, especially with the amount of direction change, the Kendal rider has decided to pull out of tomorrow’s races.

He said: “I injured my hand when I was training in Spain last week and whereas I thought it would be OK, having ridden the bike around a demanding track as Cadwell, it’s proving to be a bit of a problem and it’s just getting worse and worse. 

“I wanted to get into the top ten and then I could have made a decision tomorrow. 

“But really the only way I can get ready for Croft is by resting it and hopefully it should be healed in around 7 to 10 days.

“I have to think about the rest of the season, and I’m chasing third in the Championship so I don’t really want to miss a round, it’s just really disappointing. 

“The guys in the team have worked so hard and I’m just disappointed for them too.”

This will be the first weekend Ellison hasn’t scored points all season.

Rob Hull

By Rob Hull