James Ellison has set himself the minimum target of three top ten finishes on his comeback from injury at this weekend's triple-header at Oulton Park to avoid the 'nightmare' of missing out on the Showdown.

The JG Speedfit Kawaski rider, who has missed the last four races with injury after breaking his wrist at Thruxton, says he is still on the way back towards full fitness but is strong enough to race at the final round before the Showdown takes effect.

Ellison, who currently sits third in the MCE British Superbike championship, holds a 42-point advantage on his nearest rival outside of the Showdown spots Dan Linfoot in seventh. Despite breaking his wrist just over a month ago he says three consistent points finishes should see him safely into the three-round Showdown for the season finale.

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"I'm still not 100% perfect, but the cast is off and it's a lot better than it was at Cadwell Park - although it does still feel like it's mending," Ellison said. "The goal this weekend is to stay in the Showdown, which I think we can do if we can get three strong rides under our belt.

"I figure that unless Dan [Linfoot] or Richard [Cooper] win and we have a nightmare we should stay in the top six. We basically need three top ten finishes and anything else is a bonus on our first round back."

When BSB last visited Oulton Park in May Ellison secured the championship lead from PBM Kawasaki's Shane Byrne thanks to sixth and second place finishes and the former MotoGP rider says his injury won't hold him back from challenging at the sharp end again.

"Having the data from May should make things a little easier, as hopefully we can focus on getting a race pace set-up," he explained. "Oulton is a great circuit and one I really enjoy. We might not be able challenge the very front guys until I'm fully fit, but I'm confident we'll have the pace to be towards the front."