BSB: Ellison determined to regain showdown spot

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James Ellison is looking to regain his spot in the title fighters’ showdown at Thruxton this weekend after a disastrous two races at Snetterton saw him drop out of the top six.

The Cumbrian was taken out in the first race before a technical problem saw him forced to retire from the second outing, losing vital points for his championship challenge.

Now eighth in the championship, albeit just nine points outside the all-important top six, Ellison is determined to leave Thruxton back in a title fighting spot.


“Snetterton really was a disaster, after getting ourselves into a Showdown position and only a few points behind third it was devastating to drop back out,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to Thruxton this weekend though and putting it behind us. It’s a track I love and although we had the injury last year it’s a track I typically go well at.

“It’s definitely going to be two interesting races, as the nature of the circuit means no one can usually break away and the abrasiveness of the tarmac means tyre management is crucial. I won’t be approaching it any different though as my style is naturally quite conservative on the tyre but it’ll be interesting to see if anyone can use the softer rear, as Josh was the only one who got it working last year. I know what I’m capable of and we know what the bike can do, so my goal is to get my Showdown back on track this weekend with two podiums!” 


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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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