James Ellison was left with mixed emotions following qualifying for the third round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Donington Park having felt as though he was capable of pole position.
The Airwaves Yamaha rider is enjoying his most prominent weekend of the season thus far and hinted at a pole position challenge with a strong performance during the second qualification phase.
However, Ellison couldn't quite match the pace of team-mate Leon Camier and Suzuki rider Sylvain Guintoli during the all-important top ten shootout, leaving him third on the grid.
“I am happy with it, but we could have got more out of it,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “I was really pushing for pole position and we were quite far ahead in Q2 but I didn't know how much more Leon would have in him. I gave it everything in that last session and it wasn't enough.”
Nonetheless, Ellison's third position marks the first time both Airwaves Yamaha bikes have featured on the front row, while he is confident his race pace will see him challenge for the top spot when it matters most.
“The team are chuffed and I'm happy to get both Airwaves Yamaha bikes on the front row this time. We're looking forward to trying to get two riders on the podium too.
“I did a race run this morning and I was running consistently quick laps. Hopefully, we'll have a good race pace and myself and Leon out front.”