Anvil TAG’s James Ellison says he and the team will have to go back to the drawing board after finishing outside the top ten twice at yesterday’s Oulton Park Bennetts British Superbike round.
The Kendal man struggled to get rear grip from his Yamaha R1 over the bumps and undulations at the Cheshire track and couldn’t get any load on to the rear Pirelli at the appropriate times.
“It’s the hardest I’ve ever had to work for an 11th and 12th. It was a bogey trap for us, we just couldn’t get the bike working at all. It didn’t do what I wanted it to do, and it’s not a million miles off, it’s just a little tiny bit each corner,” said Ellison.
“I’ve always openly said I’ve never been happy with the rear of the bike, all through testing and then we made progress at Donington and then again we made a step forward at Brands and I was starting to like it, it was starting to feel like my bike. But they’re very smooth circuits and we’ve come here with a few bumps, undulations and ripples in the circuit and it’s just not doing anything I want it to do.
“We’ve tried almost everything this weekend, we just need to go back to the drawing board at the workshop and get our heads together and see why it’s not loading the rear when I want it to. Like I’ve said I’ve never had to work that hard before for 11th and 12th. The bike is just so close to being awesome, but it’s just far away enough to where I can’t ride it to where we need to be, and I’m not an 11th and 12th place guy.”