James Ellison believes he has set his stall out as a serious contender for the MCE British Superbike crown after securing two rostrum finishes on his debut for the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki team at Brands Hatch.

Ellison had suffered a heavy fall in Sunday's wet qualifying and started race one from 16th place, but his best lap put him on the front row for the re-start and the Kendal racer clinched a rostrum finish in third behind team-mate Chris Walker.

The Kawasaki rider claimed pole for race two and secured another podium behind Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes following another strong ride on the ZX-10R.

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"What a fantastic day and I can't be anything but happy to walk away with two third places," he said. "I'm not the biggest fan of the Indy circuit, but it's been great to get back out and racing again.

"The team have been working really hard all weekend, and all winter actually, so it's mega to reward them with the first podiums for the Lloyds British GBmoto team.

"Obviously qualifying didn't go to plan for us, but we were able to overcome that and can leave Brands Hatch very happy.

"The bike is still relatively new, and there are still some things we're learning and need to work on but we've shown this weekend what we can do."

Ellison is determined to stay grounded, but is confident the opening round has proved he will be in the hunt for the title this year.

"It's important not to get carried away though as it's a long season but I believe we've set ourselves up to be genuine contenders," he said.

"I can't wait to get back out at Oulton now, it's one of my favourite circuits and I hope we can pick up where we've left off here."