Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 21 Apr 2015
James Ellison has said an increase in power for his JG Speedfit GBmoto Kawasaki is what’s helped him bridge the gap to win three out of the first four races in this year’s British Superbike Championship.
In 2014, Ellison admits he and his GBmoto team were lacking that final tenth to challenge the championship leaders and with a broken leg interrupting his season, there wasn’t enough time to make the necessary improvements.
Ellison’s ZX10-R has new engines this year, prepared by engine tuner Frank Wrathall and the Cumbrian reckons this gives them an extra 10bhp which has helped in their dominant start to the season.
“We’ve always been a bit inconsistent but not down to riding,” said Ellison talking to Bike Social. “In 2013 we were inconsistent with a lot of breakdowns and unfortunate events but whenever we were in a race I was at the front.
“It was the same in 2014 until I broke my leg but after that at the end of the year we were on it again. We never really had the speed to get the wins last year, we were lacking power. Because we had that big gap in the middle of the year where I was unfit, by the time I was fit enough to get the best out of the bike it was Silverstone or Brands but it just wasn’t quick enough. By that time of the year it’s too late to do anything.
“In the winter, we had the thing on the dyno, took it to Frank Wrathall’s and looked at a lot of dyno readings from other riders and saw we were losing a big chunk of power. Frank has probably found us about 10bhp more than we had last year, so I’m really happy with that and it makes my life a lot easier on track. We’re on par now, not the fastest thing on track but we’re on par and that’s where the form has come from really.
“At Donington I won the first race and felt I could win the second but we had that unfortunate incident with the battery going flat. The development that the team has done over the winter has enabled to come here and hit the ground running. Friday, first, Saturday quickest and pole, then the fastest lap and two wins! It’s come from a lot of hard work, a lot of graft and experience. A year’s experience on the bike makes a lot of difference so lets see if we can keep it up.”