Ellison: Second feels good.

James Ellison may have been unable to build on his tally of four race wins during the Oulton Park BSB finale, but he did sign off his 'most successful season ever' by confirming second in the championship behind Airwaves Yamaha team-mate Leon Camier.

Although he only appeared once on the Oulton podium, courtesy of a third place in race two, Ellison rode through a technical problem in race three to become the only rider to score points in all 26 races.

"We've had a tough few races this weekend. I really wanted to come away with another couple of wins but it wasn't to be,” said the former MotoGP rider, who finished the year 136.5 points behind Camier but 39 ahead of Stuart Easton.

“This has been my most successful season ever; finishing second feels good, but of course I'll be aiming for more next year,” he admitted. “A massive thanks to the whole GSE Racing team, my wife Sarah for putting up with me, and the Kendal Massive for their support."

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[L-R]: Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Simon Andrews on the race two podium at Cadwell Park [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Ross Connolly

October 13, 2009 5:18 PM

What a load of to$$ers, people quickly slag riders off on here without having the first clue what goes on behind the scenes. The guy works his nuts off all year and finishes 2nd in the best domestic championship in the world. Only to be slagged off by you lot of keyboard world champs. He is a lot braver than most of the guys in the british paddock by previously taking on WSBK teams in the European Superstock championship in a transit van and winning. I won’t bore you with his other achievements however it may be worth doing the homework yourselves Well done James and can’t wait for 2010

bill - Unregistered

October 13, 2009 7:02 PM

James Has Won 6 Championships and has also Won the Suzuka Eight hour in 2003(production class) Fourth over all.First time a Brit had succeeded in getting a top10 spot in years.he won 2 of his championships in the same year For all his hard work He was overlooked as usual and riders that came second and third were enrolled in WSBK . All this was done for NO wages. Then Bernie Toleman gave James a chance in Jentin and hewon the Championship for them. He also had wild card rides in WSBK getting top 5 finishes.He tested in a racesituation in Motogp and lost his ride in motogp becauseDUNLOP would no longer be in it. He may have been a long way behind Leon,but he was nearer him than the rest.

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