BSB: Ellison feeling 'strong' ahead of Showdown opener

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James Ellison has said he’s feeling strong ahead of the MCE British Superbike Showdown getting underway after a breakthrough saw him return to the front last weekend.

The Cumbrian made his return to the sharp end at Oulton Park after a breakthrough with the throttle connection issues that had been hampering so far this season. Fighting for the lead in all three races, Ellison walked away with two seconds and it could have been three or the win had he not retired in the final race.


Returning to a track he won at last year for the team, he is revved up ahead of the Showdown and keen not to be a bystander in the 2016 title fight.

“I’m really looking forward to Donington Park, it’s definitely one of my favourite tracks and it offers a real mix of everything,” he said. “Although it can make machine set-up a bit of a challenge, it’s a fantastic circuit that’s a lot of fun to ride. Last year we were really strong and we were able to get the first ever British Superbike win for the team which was mega.

Aside from the problems in the final race, Oulton was a brilliant event and we were able to be back fighting for the win – which is crucial going into the Showdown. The bike still isn’t 100% but I’m feeling strong on it so our goal is to reduce the gap to the front and get our title challenge underway!”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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