James Ellison says he's fighting fit to slice into Josh Brookes' MCE British Superbike championship lead as the Showdown begins, despite still recovering from a broken wrist.

The JG Speedfit Kawaski rider secured his place in the top six thanks to a rostrum finish in the opening race at Oulton Park and enters the final part of the season 31 points off Brookes and 29 off Byrne.

Ellison says he is still feeling the effects of the injured wrist but is ready to push on and close the gap on the top two at Assen. He suffered the broken wrist in a crash during race one at Thruxton in August which saw him miss out at the Hampshire track as well as Cadwell Park.

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"Although I'm still not 100%, I'm in a much better shape than I was at Oulton so I'm heading to Assen this weekend ready to challenge the front runners again," Ellison said. "It is still a matter of time until I'm fully healed but we showed we can still challenge for the podium."

Ellison will be looking to rekindle the storming start he made to the season when he claimed three wins in the opening four races and says the Cathedral of Speed is an ideal place to start his fightback.

"Assen is a good circuit for me and the Kawasaki works well around there so we're in a good position to kick-start our Showdown challenge.

"Everyone will be stepping up for the final seven races but I believe we have the package to win the championship. We'll be taking each race as it comes and keep chipping away."