James Ellison nailed down his place in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown with a strong ride to third place in race one at Donington Park.

Ellison was in contention for the race victory with Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes in the opener yesterday, but had to make do with the final rostrum despite attempting to find a way past Byrne on the last lap.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider ran on at the Esses in the second, losing vital time before battling back to finish in sixth position.

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"It is job done now to get our position in the Showdown which was the main thing but I still wanted a podium," said Ellison.

"It was a really hot pace and we managed to gap some of the other riders; none of the guys were making any mistakes so we were all looking to try and make a move but as usual there were areas where someone was stronger than someone else.

"I saw 'Shakey' have a few looks at Alex and I thought he might have a go, I thought maybe he might and push them both wide, but it didn't happen and we had a third but I was happy with that," he added.

"Race two was looking good until we had that moment, but we showed our pace and we will be ready for the Showdown."