James Ellison felt it was a missed opportunity for pole position as he prepares to start second on the grid for the 2015 MCE British Superbike season opener.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was the surprise leader at the end of Q2 in qualifying, beating both Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne who between them had topped the timesheets all weekend. However, the Buildbase BMW rider regained top spot in Q3 with Ellison taking second and Byrne completing the front row.

The Lancashire-born rider says he had the beating of Kiyonari over one lap of the 2.4873-mile circuit but missed out by just 0.029s.

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"Kiyonari has been strong all weekend so I was really happy to see I was P1 after the second qualifying session," Ellison said. "I knew he'd have more in the bag and I needed to go quicker. I pushed as hard as I could and that was the disappointment. I really felt I could have beaten him today."

On reflection Ellison says he was satisfied with a front row start at the first round of the 2015 BSB season and will hope to convert P2 into potential wins.

"In reality, it is still the first round of the season and after my disastrous middle part of the season I came back stronger towards the end," he added. "The team kept me on board for another year with the same crew and a new crew chief who I have worked with before. So in reality we have to be happy with second."