James Ellison has said he’s keen not to get ahead of himself despite clocking the fastest ever lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit as practice got underway for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship today.
The McAMS Yamaha rider’s quickest time in FP1 of 45’097 is the quickest ever two-wheeled lap recorded around the Brands Indy circuit and the Cumbrian was almost able to replicate it in the afternoon’s second session as he continues to show his pace.
However, he’s admitted to MCN that he’ll be concerned about fighting for the win on Monday should he and the team not manage to resolve the issues they are currently struggling at one of the most vital passing points on the 1.27-mile circuit.
“It’s been a really strong day but I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Ellison said, speaking to MCN at the track. “We’re struggling quite a bit at Druids, easily losing two tenths, and that’s one of the only places you can pass people at this circuit apart from turn one which is a big risk. I don’t want to get mugged in the race at that section of track because it’ll be hard to get past the others as everyone is so fast.
“We’ve got it better, it was a lot worse yesterday but we’re still struggling. I’m braking hard into it and it seems the front forks aren’t strong enough so it’s squashing the tyre, then I miss the apex and can’t get the drive out. We want to work on the balance of the bike again to get some more weight off the front, we’ll put some harder springs in it and see if we’ve got something to brake against and hopefully it won’t upset us anywhere else.
“If we get that sorted out I’ll be confident I can push for the win. Right now we’ll be at the front if everything goes to plan, but as far as winning the race goes I think it’ll be difficult unless we can fix that problem.”
And while he might be the outright lap record holder at present, Ellison is more than aware that it may well be short lived with qualifying action still to come tomorrow.
“We’re losing two tenths at Druids so if we can get it sorted there’s definitely a 44 second lap in there! Someone is going to do it, I just want it to be me!”
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