James Ellison was left frustrated to miss out on a first ViSK.com British Superbike podium of the season at Oulton Park, even if he was happy to post an improved performance over that of the Brands Hatch season opener.
Although overshadowed by team-mate Leon Camier's pole position and double victory, a pair of top five finishes marked a solid weekend for Ellison on the Airwaves Yamaha.
Running more competitively in the second race, Ellison was on course for third after dispatching of Simon Andrews on lap nine, but was demoted to fourth by a charging Sylvain Guintoli shortly before the finish.
Still, while Ellison acknowledges a marked improvement on his results from Brands Hatch, he couldn't help but be disappointed with the eventual outcome.
“It has been a big improvement from Brands Hatch, but not as big as I would have hoped,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “Leon has proved that the bike is capable of winning, so I just need to pull my finger out a little bit and make the bike a bit quicker.
“I was very disappointed. When I crossed the line, all I could think about was the team because they have worked so hard and it would have had both Airwaves Yamahas on the podium, but I tried my hardest to keep Sylvain behind me, but he just had more power.”
Ellison is currently placed fifth in the overall standings, six points behind fourth place Karl Harris.