BSB: ‘Bittersweet’ race day for Ellison

Ellison turned his weekend around by winning race two

Milwaukee Yamaha rider James Ellison had a dramatic start to his 2013 BSB campaign, getting a ride through penalty in race one, and then bouncing back and winning race two. 

Ellison suffered from visor issues on the grid of race one, which meant he had to start the warm up lap from pit-lane, however he didn’t comply with the rules and started from his original grid spot, which meant he had a ride-through penalty and as a result, finished in sixteenth position. 

However, the 32 year old made up for his disastrous first race by storming to victory in race two, following a pole position start. Put under pressure from defending champion Shane Byrne, Ellison kept his cool and brought his Yamaha home to finish on the top spot of the podium 

Ellison said “It was great to bounce back in the second one from the schoolboy error in the first race as it was really disappointing. It is bittersweet as we didn’t show what we were capable of in the first one as I could do the times consistently but knew we had to get a good start and step up. I was a bit surprised at the pace we were all able to run and I knew Shakey was behind me. I could hear him behind me and I am a bit surprised I got away with it in the end but I definitely heard the close call going into Surtees! I had a bit of a moment at Graham Hill Bend and I thought that was going to be enough for Shakey to try and make a move but we were lucky and held onto it. I really enjoyed being out the front with the other guys and full credit to the Milwaukee Yamaha team as we have had an impressive start to the season.”

Australian team-mate Josh Waters had had his British Superbikes debut this weekend. After a poor qualifying, he got a solid top ten result in race one, but then finished race two in fourteenth position whilst battling for ninth position. 

Waters explained “It has been a bit of a tough one for me but I also think that I have learnt a lot this weekend and it is good for me to get these races under my belt. I didn’t qualify well and that made it really difficult for race one. I was able to move up the order and then I was happier in race two as I was in the battle for ninth place and try and push a bit harder. I need to congratulate the rest of the team and also James for the win in the second race as that shows what everyone in our garage is capable of and we want to come back stronger at Thruxton.”


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