James Ellison will not take to the start of the British Superbike Championship races at Cadwell Park, all-but-ending his hopes of reaching the 2014 Title Showdown.

The Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki rider was attempting to return from injury just 35 days after breaking his femur and fracturing his kneecap in an accident at Brands Hatch.

At the time Ellison was well on course to reach the 2014 BSB Title Showdown but slipped outside of the top six after missing Thruxton and Oulton Park.

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As such, Ellison was hoping a last gasp effort to compete at Cadwell Park would keep him involved in the fight but after completing no more than six laps in one stint over the weekend, he says the rigours of the Cadwell Park circuit mean a competitive performance is not realistic.

"After working so hard to get back here, I'm devastated to not be able to race," he said. "The weekend started really well and I felt quite comfortable in the first session, but unfortunately things have gotten progressively worse from there and not only am I in a lot of pain from my knee but I'm really struggling to change direction on the bike. It's for that reason we've made the decision not to race as I can't risk another injury.

Ellison had qualified in 20th position, but while his sights are now set on a full return at Donington Park, he admits his hopes of staying in the title hunt are now over.

"Languishing down in 20th isn't where I should be or where the team should be, so with the Showdown now an unrealistic possibility, I'm going to focus on getting myself fully fit so we can all end the season on a high.

"I'll be back trying again a Donington, but I just want to say a massive thank you to all the fans who've supported me this weekend - they've made a huge difference and I'm just sorry I couldn't put a show on for them all tomorrow!"