James Ellison geared up for his return to MCE British Superbike action with a small group test at Mallory Park, one that also signalled the public debut of Andrew Pitt on the Motorpoint Yamaha.

Ellison has missed the last three events through injury after breaking his femur in an accident at Thruxton, but the Swan Honda rider is hopeful he will be able to compete when the series returns to the Leicstershire circuit later in the month.

Several riders were on track, including championship leader Tommy Hill, the Worx Crescent Suzuki man credited with the unofficial fastest lap time, even if several competitors didn't post official results.

"It has been a good test for me and we are in a fantastic position in the championship, but we still want to move forward," Hill, who made his debut for the team with a run to pole position at Mallory Park last season, told the BSB website.

"We knew the areas we needed to focus on here and that is what we have done. We have worked on a completely different set-up that we wouldn't have been able to test properly on a weekend, making some changes to the chassis."

Elsewhere, having sampled the bike for the first time last week, Pitt continued to get to grips with the Yamaha R1 he will ride for the remainder of the 2010 BSB season, the Australian lapping around the same time as new team-mate Dan Linfoot at approximately 57.5secs.

Privateer Honda riders Tommy Bridewell and Christian Iddon racked up the laps for Quay Garage and Sorrymate.com SMT respectively, while Buildbase Kawasaki's John Laverty and Chris Burns on the Evo-spec Splitlath Aprilia were also present.

Finally, Martin Jessopp tested for Ridersmotorcycles.com, although he concentrated on getting better acquainted with the BMW S1000RR Superstock machine he will ride at Silverstone in support of the MotoGP British Grand Prix next week.

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