BSB: Another weekend to forget for Ellison

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It was yet another weekend to forget for James Ellison and the McAMS Yamaha team with the Cumbrian once again leaving with nil points despite showing pace within touching distance of double race winner Shane Byrne.

Ellison struggled with wheelie throughout the practice sessions but a gearing breakthrough in qualifying saw him clock the quickest ever lap of the Snetterton circuit on his Superpole flier. While his time was eventually bettered by Byrne, the improvement was a much needed confidence boost for Ellison ahead of race action. 

His pace carried across into the opening race, where he was quick enough to lead in the early stages before his ECU malfunctioned and ruled him out of what looked certain to be at least a third place finish.


He was again looking good for a rostrum in race two when he dramatically crashed out of the race in what would be his sixth non-score of the year. Having scored just 51 points so far this year, he’s currently 11th in the standings with his Showdown chances getting ever slimmer each weekend.

“I don’t know what to say,” said a distraught Ellison. “I’ve got no words. Once again we felt really good and walk away with nothing. We need to check the data and see what happened with the crash as it felt like the bike blipped itself and I’d been having a few problems with it going into neutral.

“We needed a strong weekend this year for the championship and it hasn’t happened…” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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