BSB: Ellison shrugs off crash for front row start

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James Ellison shrugged off a crash to make a return to the front row for McAMS Yamaha at Knockhill in this afternoon’s delayed qualifying session.

The Cumbrian tucked the front at the hairpin in the early stages of the revised 30-minute session. Being so close to the pits, he pushed the R1 back to his team for a quick dust down and tyre change before returning to the track to set the third quickest time of the session behind Luke Mossey and Jake Dixon.

“My crash was just down to rider error; it wasn’t the cement dust,” he said. “I passed Hicky the lap before in an awkward position, he’d made a tiny mistake and that upset my rhythm a little bit but the lap time was still good enough to put me second so I knew if I could get a clean lap we could go even better.


“I dug in and hit every apex but came into the hairpin a little too quick, the green lights were on indicating I’d improved the first two sectors, and then I grabbed too much brake and went down.

I rushed back to the pits and the boys were laughing at me as there was nothing wrong with the bike, so they stuck a new tyre in and I went back out.

“I didn’t think we’d get anywhere near the low 48s as the track was very greasy. It’s nice to get the McAMS Yamaha back at the front again, we’re always there every weekend but haven’t finished up with a strong result yet. Hopefully we can bring some silverware home tomorrow.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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