James Ellison says it is essential for him to grab a front row grid slot in qualifying at Assen with his niggling injury effecting his race craft.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider broke his left wrist in a crash during race one at Thruxton in August and subsequently missed the two races at the Hampshire circuit and at Cadwell Park.

Ellison was able to make a solid comeback at Oulton Park two weeks ago to secure his Showdown spot and enters Assen trailing leader Josh Brookes by 31 points and second place rider Shane Byrne by 29 points.

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The Showdown contender ended Friday free practice in the Netherlands eighth on the timesheet with a fastest lap of 1m 38.360s, 1.3 seconds off leader Josh Brookes.

Ellison says the injury is still having an impact on his riding despite improvements since Oulton Park and feels he is unable to brake as fiercely as his rivals, which will be vital for overtaking at the fast and flowing Assen circuit.

"The injury is much better than it was at Oulton, but it is still a hindrance, particularly in the last chicane," Ellison said. "The goal tomorrow is get on the front row, I'm still not able to pass with the wrist very well.

"These boys are 100% fit whereas I am not and that is going to reflect in the timesheet. The bike is not a million miles out, it is just a combination of a bit of grip and a bit more recovery.

"I'll be aiming for the front row because I'm going to struggle to pass by not being able to break as hard, so I need to be on the front row."

Ellison says he will also be experimenting with different shock suspension settings at Assen along with the new swing arm in order to discover more grip from the rear Pirelli tyre.

"We are struggling a little with rear grip at the moment, but we've got some ideas to try tomorrow to solve this," he said. "We've also got a new swing arm that we want to try, I did a few laps on it today but with conditions the way they were it's hard to tell how much of an improvement it made."