Ellison rides through the pain barrier at Snetterton

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No stranger to riding through the pain barrier, James Ellison has admitted to MCN that he took his seventh place in the second race at Snetterton despite riding with a broken rib from his qualifying smash the day before.

Ellison was in the wrong place at the wrong time during a rain-hit qualifying session, becoming the first rider on track to hit a shower of rain, falling heavily and breaking the rib as well as writing off his JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the process.

“The broken rib is why I started to drop back in race two – the adrenaline started to wear off and it just got too painful to fight back over the last few laps. The bike was really good though, especially after the team rebuilt it from the ground up on Saturday night, so I feel like I let them all down.

“We should have left Snetterton with two podiums, after being at the sharp end all weekend and having the fastest overall lap (in free practice three). It’s very disappointing, but I’m by no means beaten – it’s a long season and we’ll be back where we belong at Knockhill!”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer