James Ellison says he's happy with the improvements made by his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team in the two-day test at Snetterton despite an electrical problem hampering his progress.

Ellison ended the mid-season test third on the timesheet and says he was impressed by how much his Kawasaki ZX-10R bike has improved since he last rode at the Norfolk circuit.

"I'm really pleased with how things have gone during the last two days," Ellison said. "It was near perfect weather so we were able to work through everything we wanted, try some new parts and make some really good progress.

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"Although it's the same team and crew as last year, the bike has really come on leaps and bounds since we were here last year. I'm really confident we'll be able to challenge for podiums and the win when we return.

"We had a small electrical problem on the first day, which if it had been on the Friday of a race weekend would have really put us on the back foot. The team worked their magic overnight to fix the problem and improve the bike for the final day."

Despite finishing the test over half a second off Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes Ellison gave credit to his Australian rival and will look to cut the gap with his own upgrades ahead of round four at the Norfolk track on the 19-21 June.

"Obviously the racer in me is a little disappointed to not top the test, but the times were incredibly quick and fair play to Josh as that lap of his was pretty special," he said. "We're going to get some new parts ahead of the next race so I'm excited to see what they are."

Ellison currently leads the MCE British Superbike championship standings by eight points from four-time title winner Shane Byrne, with Brookes in third 15 points behind.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki man says he will use this gap in the season to recharge his batteries and look to extend his control on the championship at Snetterton next month.

"Leaving Oulton Park as Championship leader has been a big motivation for me and although we've had a few weeks since then, I've been flat out moving house and doing the DIY in my new place," he explained. "I'm looking forward to heading stateside now to see Sarah and Ryder and have a few days of rest before stepping up my training, ready to extend my series lead at Snetterton."