James Ellison remains in the hunt for the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship title following his promotion to victory in the second race of the day at Assen, even if the man himself was still left ruing a costly DNF in the first encounter.
Having qualified for the Title Showdown in fourth position, Ellison arguably stands to benefit most from the equalised format having shown the pace of Shane Byrne, Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes over the course of the season, if not the ultimate consistency.
With a renewed shot at the title, Ellison came out fighting in the first race of the day, hauling his Milwaukee Yamaha to the front of the field as he held off the attentions of Byrne and Lowes for more than 12 laps.
However, his hopes of making a perfect start to his title campaign ended abruptly when an engine problem forced him to drop out of the lead into retirement. Though Ellison admits he may have struggled to keep the close-following Byrne and Lowes behind him to the end, he was certain of a podium.
“I certainly believe we would have been on for a podium, especially now in the Showdown when it matters and that was a shame. We had a new engine in for the second race and I can't thank the team enough as the bike didn't miss a beat and we were able to go all out.”
Indeed, Ellison would make amends in race two, tip-toeing his way through the carnage that eliminated Byrne, Brookes, Noriyuki Haga and Tommy Bridewell from the equation to lead initially before Lowes came through for the win.
However, with Lowes later disqualified for his part in Byrne's DNF, Ellison was duly awarded victory, a third triumph of the season that helps keep him in the hunt 21 points off the leaders.
“That second race was all a bit of a blur to be honest with you” said Ellison, speaking before Lowes's exclusion. “It was a good race in the second one, especially as we were so disappointed to not have finished the first one as we were fighting at the front.
“We are now looking forward to Silverstone, especially as we have been there recently for the support race at MotoGP.”