James Ellison is looking to evoke the performances from 12 months ago at Silverstone and take the fight to MCE British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider made an impressive return to the rostrum last season at the Northamptonshire circuit to claim his first podium since suffering a broken femur in a nasty crash at Brands Hatch which wrecked his 2014 BSB championship fight.

This season injury has once again blighted his title challenge after breaking a wrist in qualifying at Thruxton, ruling him out of round eight and round nine at Cadwell Park. Despite his injuries ruling him out of four races Ellison still has a shot at the BSB title and currently sits third in the BSB championship, 41 points off runaway leader Brookes.

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Ellison says he is aiming to maintain his goal of still being in the title race come the final round at Brands Hatch and wants to use his memories from last year to galvanise his season.

"Silverstone proved a good weekend last year, again I was struggling with the injury from Brands but the bike was working really well and we made our return to the podium," Ellison said. "I'm confident with the improved package we have this year the podium is definitely possible.

"I was really pleased with Assen despite still getting some grief from the wrist but to be able to walk away with two podiums was mega. I'm not thinking of the Championship just yet, we have to take each race as it comes. If we can get two good results this weekend then I'll be really pleased."

Ellison also says Brookes will once again be the rider with a target on his back having taken nine wins in the past 11 BSB races. The former MotoGP rider will need to claw back some points in the BSB standings to have a realistic chance of overhauling the Milwaukee Yamaha rider at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.

"Josh is riding superbly at the moment so obviously he's our first goal to beat," he said. "The showdown isn't over yet and I know the team will be doing everything to ensure we're in the best possible shape come Sunday."