James Ellison says he is working towards a remarkable return to British Superbike Championship action at Cadwell Park as he battles to keep himself in Title Showdown contention.
The former BSB runner-up, who this season joined Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki, looked set for a comfortable Title Showdown spot after scoring eight podiums in the first ten races, but a high-speed crash whilst leading at Brands Hatch left him with hip and leg injuries.
Ruling him out of the following two events, Ellison has subsequently slipped outside the critical top six, but with two rounds to go until the leading riders enter into title shootout, he has signalled his intentions to make an earlier-than-expected return at Cadwell Park following extensive but effective treatment.
“It's certainly been a bit of a crazy time since Brands Hatch! I left hospital on the Thursday following Brands in a bit of a GBmoto Team Green 'breakout' as Stalker and Mark came and got me, but we didn't think it was wise to travel all the way home in one go so they took me to my brother Dean's house where I was going to stay for the night.
“I actually had a bit of a scare while I was there with some really serious chest pains that resulted in another trip to the hospital. Thankfully I was checked out the next morning and got to spend a night at home with the family before heading to the Isle of Man to use the incredible Hyperbaric chamber and facilities there.
“It was Cal and Lucy Crutchlow who actually sorted us with the ferry over there, so I can't thank them enough – when we arrived they even had a shopping bag full of essentials! I also need to say a massive thanks to my friend Robin Croft of SMT who kindly gave me, Sarah and Ryder his flat to stay in while we were there.
“It then became a bit like Groundhog Day for the next two weeks with two, one and a half hour sessions in the chamber every day as well as specialist physio sessions with Cath Davies. They did an unbelievable job, I walked in on the first day on crutches and two weeks later left walking and cycling, so the biggest thanks goes to all the guys there.
“I got back home on Sunday to find a friend of mine who owns SMP Ltd in Preston had sorted a chamber for me to use so I was straight back in there on Monday morning and will be using it every day. I'm off to London on Thursday to use a specialist sports rehabilitation facility for a few days and will then sit down with the team and discuss if Cadwell is a possibility. If I can pass the BSB medical tests then we'll be there, but if not then it will be at Donington – either way I'll be doing my best to get back into the Showdown!”
Ellison has slipped to seventh in the standings, but remains just 12 points shy of the overall top six.