Ellison: It’s nice to be at an event where you can fight at the front

James Ellison has signalled he is pleased to be back in the British Superbike championship and, of course competitive. Ellison put his Milwaukee Yamaha R1 onto third on the grid for the first of tomorrow’s two

Photo: Milwaukee Yamaha

British Superbike races, behind champion Shane Byrne and Lincolnshire’s Alex Lowes.

Before the weekend, Ellison had said he knew the bike and team are up to running at the front and that it was up to him now and in qualifying at least, he’s shown he’s certainly going to give it his best shot. The Cumbrian said: “I am enjoying the Milwaukee Yamaha and I have gelled with the bike straight away. It is nice to be at an event where you know you can be fighting at the front every weekend. We have been working hard all winter and the team have done a great job but these other guys will make it difficult in the races. I am happy with qualifying third as normally I am not that good in qualifying if I am honest! If today is anything to go by then we should be good for the races tomorrow.”

Team mate Waters did not have as much joy, qualifying down in 16th place. The chirpy Australian commented how it was his first ever qualifying in a knock-out format, “Waters said: “I obviously would like to have been higher up the order but we have made some changes and then tomorrow with a good start I think we can aim higher. The qualifying system was new to me so that is something else I have learnt today so I am feeling good. I was happy that I could string together the laps consistently and that is what is important; to keep moving forward.”

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