ELLISON IMPRESSES AT BLUSTERY DONINGTON Although he didn't quite manage to secure a podium finish, Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider James Ellison put in a fantastic display with a superb front running performance at a cool and very windy...
ELLISON IMPRESSES AT BLUSTERY DONINGTON
Although he didn't quite manage to secure a podium finish, Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider James Ellison put in a fantastic display with a superb front running performance at a cool and very windy Donington Park today in round four of the Bennetts British Superike Championship.
Having secured his and the team's best qualifying performance with a superb second place in yesterday's wet conditions, the 27 year old from Kendal in Cumbria took maximum advantage in the opening 20 lap race when he shot into the lead and held it in front of the pursuing pack for the opening laps before settling for a battling fourth place at the chequered flag.
Another stunning performance came in race two when once again he made a brilliant start and ran in the leading bunch for virtually all of the race, trading places with the Airwaves Ducatis of Shane Byrne and Leon Camier and the HM Plant Hondas of Leon Haslam and Cal Crutchlow to eventually finish in fifth position at the flag, just missing out on what would have been his second podium of the year.
The net result was that he now lies in fifth position in the Championship going into the next round which takes place at Snetterton in three weeks time.
James Ellison: "The bike feels really, really good and I'm really happy with it until the tyres start to wear which is something we don't find out until we're in the actual race. I'll try to do some race-pace testing in the free practice session in future so that we can be more prepared. It's frustrating not to give the team a podium, as they deserve one this weekend. At least I've only got the factory guys in front of me now, so it's a good achievement, so close yet so far."
Shaun Muir (Team Owner): "Overall I'm very happy with the weekend and we can't complain with a fourth and a fifth finish behind the factory boys, and we're now getting closer to the front. I don't see a lot of the other riders improving over the season but I think James will make a massive improvement. The team has worked really hard and thanks to everyone. I can't wait for the TT and Snetterton where we should be on the podium every round from now on."
Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider Guy Martin is in action at the Isle of Man TT races this week where he is hoping to secure his first victories around the 37 3/4 mile circuit.