BSB: Luckless Ellison cruelly ruled out of podium

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While some could argue you make your own luck in racing, few could dispute that James Ellison is one of the unluckiest riders in BSB.

The technical issue that caused Haslam’s dramatic crash came as Ellison looked to be in good shape to fight for his first rostrum of the year after leading a good chunk of Monday’s second race. 

The Cumbrian had shown signs of his pace in the opening race, but a lowly qualifying position left him to fight through from 15th on the grid. However, with his quickest lap giving him a second row start he was back at the sharp end in the second outing.


“I can’t believe our luck. We’ve literally had none this year,” Ellison said. “At every circuit we’ve been to this year we’ve led a race but we’ve not had a single podium finish. 

“I don’t like blaming luck as you make your own, but I’ve not done anything wrong. We’ve been fast at every circuit so far but we just haven’t got the results we deserve.”

Ellison’s troubles further added to a nightmare weekend for the McAMS team after a high speed crash for Michael Laverty in Sunday’s qualifying session destroyed his R1 and left the Ulsterman unable to finish both of Monday’s races. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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