TT Circuit Assen: Ellison: Brookes pass hard but fair

James Ellison says he got the start he needed in the Showdown and gave credit to Josh Brookes on his double victory at Assen.
James Ellison says his double rostrum result is the start he needed in the Showdown and gave credit to the MCE British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes on his two wins at Assen.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider claimed two second places in the Netherlands to claw back some vital ground on Shane Byrne in the BSB standings but in a bittersweet weekend for the Cumbrian rider as he conceded ten points to Brookes after his two wins.

Ellison leaves Assen with an upbeat mindset as he now trails Byrne by just 13 points while putting significant distance between himself and the two Tyco BMWs and Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot in the Showdown.

“We needed a good start because we lost so much during the season through injury,” Ellison said. “We needed to come back and start winning to have any chance of the title. Brookes has put another ten points into it which makes it more and more difficult but we certainly won't be giving up until the last lap at Brands Hatch.”

Ellison, who re-signed with the GBmoto Racing team for 2016 on Saturday, had the opportunity to claim his first race win since April as he stormed into the lead in race two with five laps remaining, but was the victim of a 'hard but fair' pass by Brookes two laps from the chequered flag.

“Robbing is racing! It was a good move by him and I kind of half-expected him to do something there because I could hear him down the start-finish straight and at the hairpin,” Ellison said. “You have got to commit to a move like that and I was half-expecting it but I thought no he won't because there were damp patches everywhere.

“Sure enough I saw a big number 25 come past me so it pushed me wide. It was totally fair move, it was hard but fair. Once he passed me I had one last dig to push as hard as I could but I just kept missing apexes. I was pushing to the limit on the last lap trying to line up a move at the chicane. But full credit to him, he has controlled both races today and hats off to him.

“We clawed some more points back on Shakey as well, which is good, there are three of us in the championship, not just Josh. So it feels like job done.”

Ellison heads to Silverstone 41 points adrift of leader Brookes with five races remaining.

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September 22, 2015 6:13 PM

I've always liked watching James race. He has a lovely, easy style on the bike that still translates to blisteringly fast laps. It's a pity that his season has once again been hit by injuries or he might have been pushing JB much harder. If you are reading this James I'll buy you dinner next time you are in Texas if you can grab at least second in the championship.

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