James Ellison says after JG Speedfit Kawasaki got on top of its race setup problems he was able to challenge with the leading pack and is delighted to leave Oulton Park on top of the MCE British Superbike riders' standings.

The Cumbrian rider feels his Kawasaki ZX-10R had lost its race-winning performance in the Oulton Park opener and after the team made some adjustments he regained the confidence to challenge at the sharp end.

Despite three of his rivals crashing ahead of him during race two - Tommy Bridewell's lowside on lap three and Ryuichi Kiyonari's incident with Shane Byrne - Ellison insists he had the pace to challenge for a rostrum spot.

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"Second place wasn't unexpected at all, it was the sixth place that was unexpected in race one," Ellison said. "We saw what was wrong with the bike and what we needed to do for race two to get it handling like it did at Donington and Brands Hatch. It's geometry was the problem as it was too far on its nose. We reversed that which is what the Kawasaki likes and used some harder springs to break on.

"It was a tough race and I know that a couple of people crashed but who is to say we wouldn't have got a podium anyway. The bike felt awesome compared to race one and we had a hot pace."

Due to Byrne's race two DNF and Ellison profiting with his second place finish the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider now leads the riders' standings by eight points after three rounds and also heads the podium credits tally with 18 to Byrne's 15.

"To finish first, first you must finish and okay we finished second but we are now leading the championship which we're really happy about," he explained. "It feels awesome to be leading. It is the first time this team has ever led and probably the first time for me."