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Ellison targets series lead at Thruxton

Swan Honda rider James Ellison looks to secure the BSB points lead in the second round of the year at Thruxton
James Ellison will look to move into the lead of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings as the series heads to Thruxton this weekend for the second round of the season.

The Swan Honda rider secured two podium finishes in the season opener at Brands Hatch – including victory in race two – to end the weekend just four points behind early leader Tommy Hill in the standings.

Having taken a brace of podium finishes at Thruxton last season, Ellison heads for Hampshire in confident mood although he admits that it won't be easy at one of the quickest circuits on the BSB calendar.

“We had a great start to the season at Brands Hatch with two podium finishes and it was a great feeling to stand on the top step of the podium on my return to the Swan Honda team,” he said. “I wasn't expecting it after qualifying tenth, so a third and a first place was a fantastic result for us. I now can't wait to get to Thruxton this weekend; we have a good set-up and we know we have the pace. I was happy to leave the first round second in the standings, but I don't intend to sit back and relax.

“It is going to be a tough race as there are so many riders capable of running at the front, but consistency is so important and there is no room for error. I was on the podium twice at Thruxton last season, so hopefully we can repeat that and come away in an even stronger position.”

Team-mate Stuart Easton lies fourth in the standings after the opening round after a gritty showing at Brands Hatch – despite the fact he was still carrying a leg injury picked up during pre-season testing.

Having also taken to the podium at Thruxton in the past, Easton will hope for another strong weekend of racing even if his injury has yet to fully heal.

“I am looking forward to Thruxton this weekend, despite still not being one hundred per cent fit,” he said. “I did have an infection in my leg following the Brands Hatch round, but I have taken a course of antibiotics and it has cleared now. It was just unfortunate really, but I have been lucky that we have had this two week gap for it to clear. I am on the mend now and this weekend I want to do what I did at Brands Hatch and get the best results I can for the Swan Honda team.

“I don't think it is going to be any more difficult than it was at the first round as Thruxton is flowing unlike the Indy circuit, so in that respect I am looking for possibly even better finishes. I have always had good results at Thruxton in the past, especially in my Supersport days, so hopefully it will be the same this weekend. I want to have two strong point-scoring finishes on Sunday and then I will be a happy man.”



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