After 47 races and five podiums, James Ellison can call himself a British Superbike Championship winner for the first time after cruising to an 'awesome' maiden victory during the second race of the day at Donington Park.
Following a stuttered start to the season spent adjusting to the all-new Airwaves Yamaha R1, the arrival of an upgraded engine at Donington Park would provide the impetus Ellison needed to join four-time winner Leon Camier at the front.
While he couldn't convert an early lead in the opening race to a first victory, Ellison would capitalise on Camier's technical issues in the second to win by a comfortable margin over Stuart Easton and Chris Walker.
Lauding the victory as 'unbelievable', Ellison admitted to Crash.net Radio
he was beginning to feel nervous as the finish line loomed, but was thrilled to come out on top in what was a fast paced race.
“Awesome, just unbelievable,” he beamed. “The last couple of laps were really nerve-wracking, but coming across the finish line in first place with the pedigree of riders out there, is just great.
“Troy Bayliss ran 1min 31.8secs last year and we ran that throughout the race with a best of 1min 31.3secs, so it is a hot pace out there and to be leader of the pack is just unbelievable.
“I want to thank Airwaves Yamaha and everyone in the team for being patient with me and allowing me to learn how to ride the bike in the first couple of races.”
Having been caught up in a tight fight for the lead with Easton and Walker, as well as Glen Richards, Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa, Ellison was aware he needed to get out front as quick as he could.
“I went into the first corner fourth and realised I knew I had to get past the guys early, but Chris [Walker] is so hard to pass! He was riding the wheels of the thing so full credit to him, but I knew I had to get past before the others caught up.