BSB: Rapid Ellison left rueing what could have been

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James Ellison was left rueing what could have been at the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend after he was unable to turn his frightfully quick qualifying pace into a race result after crashing out of the lead in Monday’s opening race.

One of if not the quickest rider throughout the weekend, it looked as though Ellison would only be challenged by eventual double victor Luke Mossey. After becoming the fastest man ever around the 1.2 mile Indy circuit in qualifying, clocking a time of 44’728 seconds to secure pole, things looked good for Monday’s races.

However, it went drastically wrong when he crashed out of the lead of the opening race. While Ellison was OK, his bike took quite the battering and despite trying to start the race, he pulled in to the pits with an issue after the warm-up lap. 


“We proved we were the quickest ones here this weekend; we just didn’t get the races to back it up,” Ellison told MCN after the second race. “I don’t think we really did too much wrong in the first race to cause the crash, but it is what it is and that stopped us going out in race two.

“The good news is Shakey, who I feel is the main threat for the championship, didn’t particularly have a good weekend so we’ve just got to take the positives out of it. We know we are capable of winning.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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