Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 09 May 2014
James Ellison has told Bike Social he knows what needs to be done for him to close down the gap to Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes, who have dominated to the two opening rounds of the British Superbike Championship.
The Kendal rider was pleased to walk away from last weekend’s British Superbike round at Oulton Park with two podium finishes after a hip injury from a crash in qualifying at Brands Hatch has been causing him severe pain in the time since the event.
“The hip has hampered me all weekend to be honest, we’ve still been at the sharp end but I just physically don’t feel as strong as I normally would on the bike. Oulton Park is one of the most physical circuits anyway so when you’re not quite on point it’s even more tough! It’s a little frustrating as you spend all winter getting 100% fit and then you have a little knock and you’re back down to seventy or eighty per cent.
“On the positive side, we still managed two podiums feeling the way I did, I was in pain all weekend but the CJ riders fund guys really helped out with physio and this helped me get through the races, especially the second one so a big thanks to them.”
Ellison took two third places in Monday’s races, meaning the GBmoto rider has a 100% podium record this season and sits third in the championship behind Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes
“So far we’ve had 100% podium finishes, so it’s been good but we obviously want to push that little bit and move up to second and first place and get some more podium credits. I’m really happy for the team as they’ve never ahad superbike podium and now we’ve got a 100% record so far this season! Chris [Walker] also got one at Brands so we’re chuffed for them but personally a little bit disappointed not to get further up the podium!
“I felt really strong in that second race, I pulled a move on Shakey [Byrne] and I felt like I could just go a little bit quicker but he got back past me. I was struggling on three really fast corners here and we’re suffering with a little bit of chatter. I kept losing the two of them on these corners and then then gaining time back in the short twisty stuff so we really need to work on that.
“We’ll take a look at the data and come back from the break after three weeks for a little bit of testing and try fix that and I think that’s all we need to do to close down the gap to those two at the front.”
Ellison proved himself a title contender last year but suffered with consistency caused by a few mechanical issues, so while he wasn’t too thrilled not to be higher up on the podium he is relieved to have shown consistency.
“We were one of the strongest riders last year, I finished the championship in 4th place. There’s awards for the fastest lap, Alex had the most, I had the second most and Shakey had the third most so that goes to show we were one of the fastest riders out there. We just had a lot of DNF’s. I’ve always been quite confident that I’m a consistent rider and I’ve proved that this year with the right package underneath me I think we can certainly win the championship we just need to find that extra bit of speed around the fast corners.”