Our main disadvantage is coming out of corners. It's not the initial part; it's more like the mid-range. You get to the slowest part of the apex, stand the bike up and then accelerate. That initial acceleration we're fine with, the problem is that it then takes too long for the rest to build up because it's a big heavy engine. It's got lots of torque and wants to pull and wheelie but it doesn't want to drive forward so much.
If you look at Shakey, he just stands the thing up and he's gone and Alex is the same, that's what we need to improve and we'll be working on that at Cadwell tomorrow [17th July].
Any corners which are fast and flowing we can run through quick, that's our strong point, fast corners and going into corners. What we lose coming out, we'll make up going in.
Also the handling on that bike is phenomenal, it's awesome. It's the power characteristics that we need to work on.
So given your pace and the problems holding you back, the Shootout format should work in your favour this season?
They really will, I've never liked the rules and I've said that to Stuart (Higgs), but at the moment they're playing into our hands. That's just the way it is, I'm not going to say 'Yeah I love the rules' just because they're helping us out though, I still don't like them.
Rules that give us the final between Hopper and Tommy Hill can't be all bad, can they?
I had a front row seat for that one mate, I was trying to help Tommy out somehow, and it worked out. Shaun Muir and Robin Croft from SMT are really good friends and there were a lot of parts from Shaun's old Hondas on the bike I was riding. I came on board late in the season replacing Dan Linfoot to try and get the bike further up there.
Before Brands we spent time on the dyno at the SMR workshop and got the electronics working well so I said I'll try my best to get in the way and not beat Tommy. I beat him in one race because I knew it wouldn't make any difference to the points given that I had seen Hopper was out of that race and I'd promised Robin a podium. So I managed to do both things, get a podium and get in the mix a bit.
Honestly, you could see how badly both of them wanted it, they never gave an inch. It's still the best race I've ever seen and I feel they both deserved that championship.
Is it true you're known as 'Village'?
Ha ha, yeah - 'Village idiot'. It's just that I do silly things like missing ferries and flights. I'm quite laid back and that's lead me for example to drive 450 miles out of my way, on the way to a Superstock meeting. I'm not so bad now, but when I was younger…..
Thanks a lot James.
Update: Ellison took a second place finish in race two of Sunday's Brands Hatch round, after a fall in race one. Ellison is fourth in the championship standings.