James Ellison says he's delighted to be fighting fit for the start of the 2015 MCE British Superbike as he prepares for pre-season testing in Spain.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider returns for his second season on the ZX-10R and is hopeful for a better year after injury all but ended his title challenge 12 months ago. The British rider bagged six podium finishes from the first six races last year, however, he suffered a broken femur at Brands Hatch and subsequently missed the next three rounds, dropping him out of Showdown contention.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki begin its pre-season testing in Cartagena with a three-day programme (5-8 March) before moving on to Guadix for a further three days (9-11 March). Ellison will be joined by new BSB team-mate James Westmoreland and road racer Gary Johnson in Spain before the team returns for a final test scheduled at Donington Park on the 26th March.

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The 34-year-old showed the Kawasaki ZX-10R had genuine pace to challenge at the front of the BSB grid in 2014 and is optimistic he can replicate the speed ahead of the new season.

"I'm raring to go for this test, I'm starting the season with the same team and bike but crucially they've also made some great updates over the winter," Ellison explained. "I didn't need a new bike, it was all going well and now we have some redeveloped, strong engines."

The Lancashire-born rider has spent part of his winter in Texas training with former MotoGP star Colin Edwards. Ellison says he's had plenty of time on his motocross bike and is full of confidence on his returning to the track.

"I might not have got out on tarmac since the last BSB round but we've certainly put some miles in on every other type of bike," he added. "Trials, motocross, flat track, mountain bike, cycling, all in good weather in Texas where my wife is from. There was quite an element of competition to it all so I feel pretty sharp and back to full fitness and ready to go."

Team principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen added the team is ready for the extensive test programme and will build on last year's foundation work with the Kawasaki machinery.

"With this extensive testing schedule, coupled with a year of development under our belts and enjoying an even closer relationship with Kawasaki I'm confident that we'll be in a position to challenge for victory at Donington Park," Smith-Halvorsen said. "The team have been working tirelessly over the winter months to further improve our Superbikes. We've listened to what both riders have wanted and looked at our strengths and weaknesses from 2014 to take another step forward for this season."