BSB: Ellison keen to regain showdown spot at Knockhill

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James Ellison is looking to boost himself up the championship rankings in the fourth round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill this weekend after a mixed start to the season.

After a difficult opening round at Silverstone, Ellison made his first visit to the podium Oulton Park before going on to fight for victory in both races at Brands Hatch. However, luck wasn’t on the Cumbrian’s side as team-mate Leon Haslam stole victory from underneath his nose in the opening race before a technical issue cruelly forced him to retire from the lead in race two.


The mixed start to the year sees Ellison sat outside the all-important top six championship spots needed for a place in the showdown, something he is keen to rectify this weekend.

 “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we were last racing and although we had the two day test at Snetterton last week – it’s just not the same as a race weekend! The test was really good for us though, we had a new fuel tank to try which should give us an improved feeling at the start of the race, when it’s full.

I really like Knockhill, it’s a great circuit and the fans are always out in force and passionate. Given the power our bikes now have, it makes Knockhill very different to any other circuit with it being so short, tight and twisty. We’re just outside the all-important Showdown top six at the moment so I’ll be looking to fix that this weekend!”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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