PODIUM JOY FOR ELLISON AT OULTON Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider James Ellison recorded his and the team's best result with a superb second place at the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting held at Oulton Park today. The 27 year...
PODIUM JOY FOR ELLISON AT OULTON
Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider James Ellison recorded his and the team's best result with a superb second place at the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting held at Oulton Park today.
The 27 year old from Kendal in Cumbria qualified on row three of the grid and after weather conditions intervened in the opening race causing a red flag, he eventually posted eighth position to add to his two sevenths at Thruxton in the previous round.
But with a completely dry track for the second race in front of yet another massive bank holiday crowd, Ellison circulated with the leading pack in the opening stages as he battled with Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes and looked set to claim a good top five position.
However on lap eleven Haslam and Sykes collided leaving Ellison to climb the order and when Crutchlow crashed as well that elevated him to second position and as a result he maintains his fifth position in the Championship with the runner up placing.
For team mate Guy Martin it wasn't such a good weekend and after falling off in qualifying injuring his wrist he managed twelfth in race one, but in race two he encountered a problem which caused him to retire on lap seven leaving him in fourteenth position in the Championship.
The next round of the Championship takes place next weekend at Brands Hatch on 10th and 11th May.
James Ellison: "I'm really happy. We've worked hard all weekend and just got better and better and we've now reached that extra level. We plugged away and we improved in certain areas and we put it all together in the race. I still have some small problems which we'll get ironed out for Brands. When Shakey passed me he dragged me back up so I think I definitely had the pace to finish second. It was nice to finish where we did and I'm looking forward to Brands Hatch as the bike is working well."
Guy Martin: "I was over the moon at Thruxton, the bike was getting there and just needed polishing off a little bit, but we've been trying the new front forks again but they haven't worked for me this weekend. Everyone is working really hard and hopefully we'll get sorted at Brands. But we live and learn and if it was easy then everyone would be doing it!"
Shaun Muir (Team Owner): "I'm obviously delighted for everyone and their hard work. It was great that James hung on in there and kept the early lap pace. It's the first time we have ridden on a technical track like this in the dry and I'm completely vindicated in signing James this year. We've proved how much experience James has and I think the series is a lot better with his talent in it. We just need to build on this and keep putting the points in and we might be in a top championship position by the end of the season. Guy has struggled a little and he pulled in the second race so he can re-group for Brands and take it from there. I'd like to say thanks to the sponsors and everyone for their hard work."