Ellison savours fortuitous win

James Ellison shrugged off the effects of illness to come away from Mallory Park with a second British Superbike Championship victory, even if he admits the circumstances were somewhat fortuitous.

Ellison had been struggling all weekend with fatigue, an ailment that left him as low as tenth in the early stages of race, one and while he gradually worked his way up to seventh place later on, he admits he was beginning to tire.

Nonetheless, Ellison was in the right place at the right time when a six bike pile-up further ahead eliminated each of those ahead of him, Ellison keeping his Airwaves Yamaha pointing in the right direction to continue and be classified the winner when the red flag was deployed.

Although Ellison acknowledges the disappointment for those ahead of him, he was delighted to come away with a surprise result.

"We made some changes to the Airwaves Yamaha for the first race and it felt a lot easier to ride. But after I'd caught John Laverty, I used so much energy trying to pass him, I really started to tire. I've been feeling unwell and struggling all weekend. My joints have been hurting and I've not been lasting well in the sessions because of fatigue.

“I was still really hoping to get on to the podium, and was waiting for a safe place to pass John when the red flag came out. It's a shame for the riders who were affected. Personally I was looking forward to chasing down the leading pack in the remaining laps.

Fired up for the wet second race, Ellison made impressive progress in the early laps before embarking on an enjoyable tussle with Chris Walker as they disputed what would become second place.

Eventually, Ellison would prevail, but his hopes of making in roads on leader Leon Camier would be curtailed by the early stoppage of the race.

"I was feeling really confident for the second race. Setting the fastest lap proved we have the pace. I just needed to make sure I did it consistently for 30 laps in Race Two. Of course the rain threw out all our original plans, but I absolutely loved every lap of it. I've not ridden the Airwaves Yamaha aggressively in the wet before so I didn't know what to expect. But it felt great and I really loved battling with Chris Walker.

“Once I passed him I concentrated on staying smooth and not making any mistakes. I thought I could have caught Leon so it was a shame the race was stopped. But it was definitely the right decision. I couldn't see a thing so the conditions were too dangerous to continue. I can't wait to get to Brands Hatch to see what we can do there!"

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Ellison, British WSBK 2009
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Ellison, British WSBK 2009
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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roadking03 - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 5:54 PM

I have looked at other post on the different sights,and it is sad to read comments on people beating up James and Airwaves for accepting the win! If it would have been any other team everyone that is bitching would of said."Oh thats the way the rules are live with it" But because Airwaves is running away with the championship,people want to pi$$ and moan!! And again there were 7 laps left and alot can happen in 7 laps!!! I do feel bad for the riders in front because it was a good battle,but it was a good battle including James only 2.5 or so seconds back!!! GO ELLISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....JT :)

If you look at the times you will see that Simon (although he was riding very well) had dropped into the 57secs laps and only Camier and Ellison were lapping in the 56's Ellison with the fastest lap to boot...(they were both held up at the turn two incident as were a few others) there were 7 laps to go, that race was anyones in the top 7. Stop crying over it and give credit where credits due.

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