James Ellison wants dry conditions at Oulton to prove worth

Published: 15 July 2008

James Ellison has his fingers crossed for good weather when the BSB paddock returns to Oulton Park this weekend.

The Kendal rider picked up a second position on the first visit of the season to the Cheshire circuit, but said he wants to prove he can do the same in dry conditions this time around.

The 27-year old said: “I'm really looking forward to Oulton this weekend and a win isn't out of the question.

“That's what I'm aiming for as we have improved the bike considerably since our last visit.

“I just hope it's dry as that way, it's a true reflection on a result rather than being gifted places by people falling down.

“We're continuing to develop the electronics package on the bike and the plan is to top the timesheets all weekend long."

Team Owner Shaun Muir also has high expectations of the former MotoGP man.

With Ellison’s second position finish in race two in May, Muir reckons there is no reason why the same feat can’t be repeated or bettered this coming weekend.

“We always enjoy going to Oulton Park and the fact that James got a tremendous result there for us last time can only be good for our confidence,” added Muir.

“I'm optimistic we can pull it off this weekend as we've done a lot more work on the bikes in recent weeks and I see no reason why James can't be up there again.

Guy's [Martin] had a lot on his plate over these past couple of months but hopefully the win last week will inspire him here this weekend and we can see his true short circuit form."

Martin finally had a turn around in fortunes on the road scene last week, taking a win at the Southern 100 held on the Isle of Man.

And with a win finally under his belt, the Lincolnshire man says he’s heading into Oulton Park hoping the victory could change his unlucky season so far.

Martin said: "It's not been the best of seasons on the short circuits so far, has it?

“Last time at Oulton, I claimed a top twelve but we had a problem in race two when James got his podium but that's racing.

“I've got the monkey off my back with the win at the Southern 100 so hopefully my luck is changing and my season can start here.

“If life deals you lemons, you make lemonade, that's what I say.”

And the team will also be adding a new member to the squad with former Yamaha R6 Cup and BSB runner Kieran Clarke representing Hydrex Bike Animal Honda aboard a Fireblade for the remainder of the season in the Metzler National Superstock Championship.