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Ellison delighted to open with victory

Last year's runner-up savours a victory at the 2010 MCE British Superbike season opener at Brands Hatch.
James Ellison began his quest to lift this year's British Superbike crown in style with a superb victory for Swan Honda in the 2010 opener at Brands Hatch.

Ellison looked to be on the back foot after technical issues in qualifying left him in tenth position, but a determined performance in race one saw him climb his way up to an eventual third position by the chequered flag.

His charge up the field was also a consequence of his determination to set a good lap time during the first race in order to vault him up the grid for the second, as per the revised regulations.

It was a successful effort, Ellison rewarded with a spot on the front row of the grid for race two, a position he duly converted into a fifth career BSB victory after a strong lights-to-flag performance.

“I am having so much fun with the Swan Honda team and today you could see that,” he said. “I knew we had the pace so it was a case of keeping it smooth and consistent as there were about ten people out there that could have won the race.

“I wanted to get into the lead in the second race, as we had moved up to the front row, and I knew we would have a good shot at the win which is exactly what we did. The team have done such a fantastic job and it is a great result to win on my first race back with the Swan Honda team and reward the team for their hard work.”

Ellison's first win for Shaun Muir Racing, with whom he raced in 2008, the eponymous team owner was delighted to get the 2010 season off to a fine start.

“I'm absolutely delighted with the performances of both my riders for different reasons. James was great in the first race to come through from tenth on the grid to finish third and then to start second and win was a testament to his desire to win the championship.

“We wanted to get some good points on the board here at Brands Hatch and we have done just that, so we leave here happy and now look forward to Thruxton.”



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James Ellison - Swan Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
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James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
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Chris Walker Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Chris Walker Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
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merc240 - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 12:19 AM

Of all of them out there today, Ellison looks the one most likely to lift the title, barring any bad luck and flying Brookes's of course. Tommy has regrouped well since his injuries and is clearly after a second tilt at WSBK, however I think that his reputation as a 'tryer' might just lead to the odd costly mistake here and there due to 'trying' that bit too hard and not knowing when to settle for second or third. Brookes is still not consistent enough. Kiyo will be a threat all year and Easton will get stronger as the effects of his injury subside. Seeley is one for the future no doubt. Sof if James plays his cards right he could lift the title and surely the keys to a decent ride in WSBK..



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