Milwaukee Yamaha riders, James Ellison and Josh Waters head to Knockhill in Fife, Scotland, for this weekend’s fourth round of the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship.
|Ellison has three podiums so far in 2013
Photo: Milwaukee Yamaha
Cumbrian and ex-MotoGP rider Ellison currently lies fourth in the championship after his mixed weekend last time out at Oulton Park over a month ago. The former championship runner-up managed a solid podium position in the first race but was forced to pull out in the second as a result of a mechanical problem with his Yamaha R1. Firmly in the Showdown top six, Ellison is just 25 points behind Josh Brookes in third position.
Following the break from racing, Ellison has high hopes for the Knockhill round given that he has two previous podiums at the circuit, one from his last full season in the championship on a Yamaha in 2009, and another back in 2008 when he rode for the SMR squad previously. “I have spent some time back in Texas during the break and I am ready to come back focused for Knockhill. I have had a mixed start to the season with three podiums at the first three rounds, but also some bad luck which hopefully is over now. I know we have the package and when it all comes together we will really be able to show our true potential. I can’t wait to get back out on track now and try to get good, solid results in both races for the Milwaukee Yamaha team this weekend.”
Aussie and BSB rookie Josh Waters will be looking earn more top ten finishes this weekend at Knockhill after testing at the circuit on a road bike during the road racing break. Waters, the double ASBK champion, is currently 17th in the overall standings but is positive about his potential for the rest of the season: “I feel good about the next round as I have missed riding. I was lucky enough to be able to ride Knockhill during the break on a Yamaha R6 with Niall Mackenzie so at least I know where I am going! The Superbike will obviously be different, but I am really looking forward to getting back out on the Milwaukee Yamaha. I think Knockhill has some similar characteristics to the tracks back home so hopefully we can improve on what we have done so far this season.”