Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison consolidated his position in the all-important Showdown top six with a best result of fourth at Snetterton.

A disappointed Ellison missed out on a rostrum place in the opening MCE British Superbike race yesterday but was confident of challenging for the top three in race two after making some changes to the YZF-R1.

However, a problem with the wheel speed sensor saw him drop down the field after holding third in the initial stages before the safety car was deployed.

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Ellison battled back from 15th place to secure ninth position in the closing stages to hold on to fourth place overall in the standings.

"Today has obviously been disappointing for me and we seem to have carried the one good race then one bad race over to another weekend," he said.

"We have been building up gradually and getting faster all weekend and after the fourth in the first race I genuinely thought we had the pace to fight for the podium or perhaps even the win in the second one.

"In race two I got up to third and then we had the safety car period as and I went for the gear and it wasn't there," he added.

"The sensor is a reference for everything and we made some real steps here with hard work and unfortunately that meant we couldn't show our potential.

"I took a lap where I dropped down and tried to see if we could reset the problem somehow but then I had a bit of red mist and just went for whatever points I could get."

Ellison was ultimately disappointed with the weekend as a whole but has pledged to return stronger at round six at Brands Hatch in less than two weeks' time.

"I tried to make a move on Dan Linfoot on the final lap for eighth [in race two] but I went wide; it was always worth a try!

"I am disappointed for the whole team as we showed we had the pace but couldn't translate it to podiums," he said.

"We took it on the chin and we will come back stronger. We still hold fourth in the standings and that is the most important thing."