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Consistent Ellison bags another rostrum double
6 May 2014
James Ellison underlined his ultra-consistent start to the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship as the Lloyds British GBmoto rider secured two third place finishes at Oulton Park.
The Kawasaki rider has now finished on the podium in third place four times in four races in the opening two rounds of the series, although he survived a near-miss in race two at Druids after passing Shane 'Shakey' Byrne to briefly take place.
“The start of the race was good and I really enjoyed it. In the faster corners I am still struggling with a little bit of rear chatter so I seem to lose the gap and then pull it back in the chicanes and breaking areas,” Ellison said.
“We made the front a bit stiffer as I felt that was my stronger point and in the race I felt like I could go a bit faster with the guys. I went past Shane, all be it briefly out of Knickerbrook and then up into Druids I pushed a little bit too much, got some chatter, lost the front and rear and it pushed me right out to the edge of the track.
“Once I had that gap I didn't have any chance of pulling back; we are running such close times you don't have a chance,” he added.
“I had to push as hard as I could to try and keep the gap the same; fortunately we bought it back in third place.
“I am disappointed not to be able to fight to the end but the pace was so hot out there so I can't be too disappointed with that.”
Ellison also ran wide in race one at Hizzys, allowing race leaders Byrne and Josh Brookes open a gap at the front.
“I felt I was fast into Hizzys and I just pushed a little bit too hard into there and just ran onto the grass and that was it unfortunately,” he said.
“I didn't have enough left in me as I have been struggling this weekend with top end strength from the injury last week.”
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