Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 21 Jul 2014
James Ellison’s British Superbike title aspirations could be over following a gigantic crash in yesterday’s second race at Brands Hatch. The Lloyds British GBmoto rider fell from his Kawasaki ZX10-R at Hawthorns on the second lap of the storm interrupted race and has since been diagnosed with a broken femur.
Ellison was first treated by BSB’s medical team before being transferred to Kings College Hospital in London for further checks, where it was confirmed he had sustained a break to the ball at the top of his right femur, the same leg he broke at Thruxton in 2010.
Having finished on the podium no fewer than seven times this season, Ellison was shaping up as a clear title challenger but following the crash it is not clear how long the 33 year old will be out of action.
“After looking so strong all weekend it was a gutting conclusion for James. He was out there leading the race and pushing with the front running pace he had shown all weekend, but one small mistake has ended with a huge accident that was entirely undeserved” said GBmoto Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen.
“After reviewing his X-rays, and on the advice of specialists, he is currently undergoing surgery this morning at Kings College Hospital in London. From there we as a team will be doing everything we can to ensure a swift and complete recovery for James so we can see him back out where he belongs; on his #77 Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.
“Currently, we have no confirmation on how long he will be out of action for and we’ll not be pushing for him to return until he is fully fit and ready to do so. I would like to personally send my best wishes to James, as do the entire team – our well wishes also go to Barry Burrell who had a big crash yesterday too.”
It is not yet known whether Ellison will be replaced for round six of the championship at Thruxton in two weeks’ time.