James Ellison's hopes of reaching the 2014 British Superbike Title Showdown have been dealt a major blow after he was diagnosed broken femur and other minor injuries following his huge accident at Brands Hatch.
The Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki rider came down on the approach to Dingle Dell whilst leading the second BSB race at Brands Hatch, the experienced racer taken to Kings College Hospital in London, where they confirmed a break to the ball at the top of his right femur
Set to undergo surgery, Ellison's GBmoto team manager Mark Smith-Halvorsen says it is uncertain as to when he could return to action, he says any comeback won't be rushed.
“After looking so strong all weekend it was a gutting conclusion for James. He was out there leading the race and pushing with the front running pace he had shown all weekend, but one small mistake has ended with a huge accident that was entirely undeserved.
"After reviewing his X-rays, and on the advice of specialists, he is currently undergoing surgery this morning at Kings College Hospital in London. From there we as a team will be doing everything we can to ensure a swift and complete recovery for James so we can see him back out where he belongs; on his #77 Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.
"Currently, we have no confirmation on how long he will be out of action for and we'll not be pushing for him to return until he is fully fit and ready to do so. I would like to personally send my best wishes to James, as do the entire team – our well wishes also go to Barry Burrell who had a big crash yesterday too.”
The former BSB runner-up has been enjoying one of the strongest BSB seasons of his long career in 2014, mounting the podium on seven occasions out of ten races so far in 2014.
However, his potential absence from at least the next two rounds – including the Oulton Park double-header – could have huge ramifications for his hopes of reaching the Title Showdown. As it stands, he is third overall 34 points clear of the current seventh place rider Dan Linfoot.