|Ellison had a tough day at Oulton Park
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Milwaukee Yamaha rider James Ellison had a mixed day at Oulton Park, finishing on the podium in race one and being forced to pull out due to mechanical problems in race two.
Ellison qualified down in tenth position following technical issues on Sunday, and he fought his way through the pack to claim second in race one. This performance secured him a place on the front row for race two and he was involved in a four way battle for the lead. However the 32 year old was forced to pull out of the race with an electrical problem on his Yamaha machine.
The Lancashire rider now lies in fourth position in the championship standings, 25 points behind Josh Brookes in third position.
Ellison revealed “It felt mega to be on the podium in race one because we knew it wouldn’t be easy from tenth on the grid after what happened in qualifying yesterday. I just got my head down and tried to find my way through, but Tommy Bridewell has really upped his game and he was hard to pass but I eventually got by him. I could then see Josh and I could see he was having a few issues; I made mistakes too towards the end but we still made the podium and that was the aim. It could have been two podiums but it wasn’t to be and we couldn’t capitalise on Shakey’s DNF. It was just unfortunate but we can now have a few weeks off and come back ready for Knockhill.”
Australian teammate Josh Waters had struggled at the Cheshire circuit securing two top thirteen finishes at a track new to him.
Starting from the front of row five in 17th position, Waters worked his was through managed to finish inside the points in 13th. Following some improvements between races, the 26 year old finished in tenth position in race two.
Waters explained “The second race was better for me as I was in the top ten and that is where I want and need to be. I had lost a bit of confidence after the crash at Thruxton but now feel that I am getting more used to it. Obviously the Milwaukee Yamaha is good, James has proved that so now I just need to keep working at it. I knew that learning the circuits would be tough when I came over so I won’t be using that as an excuse, now I am getting a good feeling and can go forwards. I plan to watch and support the team in their road races and then get back to it at Knockhill.”