James Ellison says he's struggling to come to terms with being ruled out of a final round title shot after 'problems outside of our control' ruined his race weekend at Silverstone.

Despite his chances of the MCE British Superbike title looking unlikely heading into the penultimate BSB round at the Northamptonshire circuit, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider had aimed to stay within reach of championship leader Josh Brookes for the season finale to give him something to fight for.

However, an underwhelming fifth place in race one was followed up by a disaster in race two when his Pirelli rear tyre expired and saw him tumble down the order and out of the points.

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In combination with Brookes' double victory, Ellison has fallen 80 points behind the Milwaukee Yamaha rider and with a maximum of 75 points up for grabs at the season finale triple-header, his shot at the title is over.

"I'm completely gutted," Ellison said. "We've worked so hard to get back from the injury it's a bitter blow to be ruled out today by problems outside of our control.

"We had some minor issues in the first race which meant I couldn't quite maintain the pace of the others but I was feeling really good in the second race. We made some changes in between the race and the bike was mega, I definitely felt we had the pace to win. For some reason however the grip level just fell off a cliff towards the end and I was struggling to tip in and the bike was trying to throw me off."

The best the Cumbrian-born rider can now aim for at Brands Hatch is overhauling Shane Byrne in second place, with the PBM Kawasaki rider 33 points ahead of Ellison.

"It's tough to lose out like this but we'll be back at Brands to try and end the season on a high," he said.