James Ellison is ruing a series of unfortunate events which wrecked his race weekend at Snetterton as he surrendered his MCE British Superbike championship lead to Shane Byrne.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider had set the fastest lap of the weekend as the chequered flag fell on free practice three and was one of the hot favourites for pole position. But he was caught out by a sudden downpour in Q2 and suffered a heavy fall which wrecked his bike and left him badly beat up.

Despite his GBmoto squad repairing his ZX-10R a broken wire prevented him from getting out in the warm up and was forced on to the back foot in both races. During race one his bike was clearly still showing the effects of his heavy qualifying crash as he was forced to retire from the race on the 11th lap due to a stretched chain.

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After his damage limitation seventh place finish in race two Ellison cut a thoroughly downbeat figure as he missed out on potential fruitful weekend.

"It's been an incredibly disappointing day today, to only walk away with a seventh is frustrating for both myself and the team as we know it's not where we should be - particularly as we set the fastest lap of the weekend in FP3," Ellison said. "Unfortunately we just had a bit of bad luck this weekend, the qualifying crash caused a lot of damage to the bike and just left me a bit battered and bruised."

Ellison put his stunted progress in race two down to his injury sustained on Saturday but is already focusing on a fight back at Knockhill next month.

"I was capable of running the pace when I was out on my own but towards the end of the race when we were caught up in a battle I was just struggling slightly from the crash and couldn't keep my rhythm," he added. "We've got two weeks before Knockhill so I'll get some rest and we'll come back ready to return to the podium and get the series lead back."

Ellison has dropped from first to third in the BSB riders' standings and now trails Byrne by 33 points, but still holds a useful helping of Podium points after his three victories and one second place from earlier in the year.