After sitting out the wet first practice session for round three of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire, the Milwaukee Yamaha team had their work cut out with a heavy workload to work through during FP2 this afternoon.
|Ellison will be looking to repeat his podium visit from Thruxton
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Mindful of being caught out at Thruxton after Qualifying was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions last time out, the team worked hard to get both riders as high up the leaderboard as possible and towards a good base setting for tomorrow’s Datatag Extreme Qualifying and Mondays race double-header.
James Ellison, after securing fourth place, said ““We still need to find some time before qualifying, but we have been going through some ideas in the garage this evening just with the steering as we are losing time out of the corners at the moment with edge grip. Once we have found that bit it will make a big difference; we did experience it a little at the test but we didn’t have the track time available to solve it. The gearing changes we had worked on though were a really good step and felt much better. There is time to make up tomorrow and then hopefully we can be in that top three ready for qualifying.””
Double Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters said “Today I was a bit off where we needed to be and it is a shame that we didn’t have two dry sessions as I could have done with that time but it was the same for everyone. We have a few changes that we have been making to the engine and I have felt more comfortable all the time so that is cool. We just need to keep working on it and improve tomorrow.”