Knockhill BSB: Ellison bags first podium of the season

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McAMS Yamaha’s James Ellison finished second in the final MCE British Superbike race at Knockhill, to clinch his first podium of the year and the maiden rostrum finish for his team.

Ellison could have very nearly made it on to the podium not once, but twice at the Fife track, but he crashed whilst inside the top three on lap six. But it was evident to
see from this weekend that the Cumbrian had the pace to be up the sharp end and to challenge for race wins.

He was on the front row in qualifying on Saturday, and even led race two, until he was out-paced by the double race victor, RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon. Ellison and the R1 had a really strong pre-season, but they have been unlucky and Ellison has been blighted by DNF’s and technical issues. It appears that his luck is now changing for the better.

“It seems like the season potentially started off so well and we haven’t really shown it all year. At the end of the day it is where you are when you pass the chequered flag,” said Ellison, speaking at the Scottish track.

“Unfortunately we were not leading today but we put on a good show, and I felt comfortable in the race, and felt quite in control, apart from a particular corner where I crashed in race one.

“I would have been happy just finishing on the podium and second is a bonus, first place potentially could have been there but I could have pushed a bit harder and made some bigger risks but we are not in a position to do that at the minute as we are 11th in the championship so we need some solid points. This is the first podium for the McAMS team and that is an important thing, and we will try and go one better next time out.”

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