Title contenders Milwaukee Yamaha head to leafy Cheshire this weekend with victory set firmly in their sights. After recent successful tests at both Cadwell Park and Oulton Park itself the team are in bouyant mood ahead of the Bank Holiday Weekend event.
|James Ellison during the recent Cadwell Park test|
James Ellison is looking to add to his win and podium in the opening two rounds of the Championship at what is his ‘home’ circuit. The Cumbrian has tasted success at the circuit before, scoring his maiden podium at the picturesque parkland track and will be looking to add to that twice this weekend to close the gap on the three riders ahead of him in the race for a top six Showdown place.
Looking ahead to the weekend Ellison said “We have had two good podium finishes from the first four races, but at the same time I was disappointed with the first races at Brands Hatch and Thruxton – hopefully that is my bad luck for the season done now! We had a test at Cadwell Park after Thruxton and that went really well and we made some more steps in the right direction. Oulton Park has traditionally been a good circuit for the team and it should be a good track for the Yamaha. We had a few laps at Oulton Park too, not as many as we would have liked, but enough to give us some more data so we can start free practice a bit ahead of where we would have been without it. We obviously want to close the gap in the points and put Milwaukee Yamaha back on the podium so hopefully we can achieve it at Oulton Park.”
Double-Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters pays his first visit in anger to the undulating track after testing there with the team last week and is as positive as ever in his approach to the meeting. After a tough weekend last time out at Thruxton, which saw Waters highside on the opening lap of race one injuring his wrist, the Aussie is determined to make amends to the team and show the British public exactly what he can do.
Waters said “It has been a few weeks since the last round so I can’t wait to get going again this weekend. We have been lucky to do some testing since Thruxton and that included some laps of Oulton Park so at least I can start the weekend knowing where I am going! For me Oulton Park is a great track; the elevation changes are more than you expect them to be after watching last year’s round on DVD. Hopefully the tests we have had since the last round means we can be in a better position for this weekend and we can have some good finishes for the Milwaukee Yamaha team.”