BSB: Ellison denied heroic last to first run

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James Ellison was denied a stunning victory from dead last on the grid in this weekend’s only dry race at Silverstone as a red flag after 10 of 14 laps saw the win go the way of Anvil Hire Yamaha’s Josh Brookes.

The two Yamahas plus the Ducati of Shane Byrne looked set to duel it out over the final stages of the race following a safety car period while medics tended to the fallen Andy Reid. However, a blow-up for Shaun Winfield contaminated the track and brought out red flags with three laps to go. 

Ellison, who started at the back of the grid after taking a six-place grid penalty after the McAMS Yamaha team changed his gear ratios – which according to BSB rules have to be fixed from the start of the year.


“I’ve had strong pace all weekend but the mechanical problem in race one left us far back on the grid,” Ellison said. “We decided to change the gearbox to the factory option we took delivery of earlier this year and while it meant we had to start from the back it was worth it. The bike felt great and I really felt I could have won that one, which would have been cool having come from dead last!” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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