BSB: Ellison claws back showdown spot

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James Ellison moved back into a top six showdown position despite a difficult weekend at Cadwell Park.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki struggled to hide his disappointment to take a sixth and eighth place finish from round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship but was happy to move back in to that all-important top six spot.

Ellison continues to be hampered by the throttle connection problems the JG Speedfit Kawasaki has encountered since the start of the season and despite progress with the bike, he was unable to challenge for the podium this weekend.


With rival Richard Cooper crashing out of the second race, Ellison moves back into the top six with a seven-point buffer to the Buildbase BMW man in seventh but with three races at Oulton Park, he’ll need a strong weekend at the Cheshire track to confirm his showdown spot.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult weekend, we made some improvements during the test and the bike has made some big steps but we’re just having some trouble when the temperature changes,” he said after the race.

“I rely a lot on feel from the rear and it’s just hampering us slightly. The guys have been working absolutely non-stop though and we know we can be on the podium, we’re definitely going in the right direction – Leon’s doing a fantastic job which is great for the team. We’re back in the showdown position now and Oulton is a circuit I really enjoy so I’m looking forward to going back there and getting back to the front.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing