James Ellison says after a rollercoaster 2015 MCE British Superbike championship it was injury which once again prevented him from rising to the top but is optimistic for what is to come next season with the arrival of the new Kawasaki ZX-10R.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has been forced to settle for third place in the BSB riders' standings, eventually finishing 89 points off new champion Josh Brookes, after his early season form saw him lead the championship before injury wrecked his campaign for a second consecutive year.

In 2014 it was a nasty broken leg which effectively wiped him out of the second half of the season and this year Ellison has been sidelined again on two separate occasions.

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Two broken ribs sustained in a qualifying crash at Snetterton hampered the 35-year-old despite battling on in the races but a broken wrist suffered at Thruxton ruled him out of four races in total, giving Ellison too much to recover from as Brookes stormed off with the title.

"It's been full of highs and lows this season," Ellison reflected. "We started so well with three wins out of the first four races but a run of bad circumstances that haven't helped us but most of the time when I'm not carrying an injury we are running at the front.

"I think we still had the tools to win it this year even with the package we had but during the middle of the season it was just too tough with the broken wrist and couple of broken ribs so it didn't quite pan out. We've chipped our way back to the front again at the end of this year."

Despite his frustrations of another near-miss campaign, Ellison is quietly confident 2016 could be the year as he prepares to get to grips with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R with assistance from the manufacturer as GBmoto Racing acts as its factory-supported team in BSB.

"Mark [Smith-Halvorsen, team principal] has steadily improved and has a five-year plan starting from Superstocks and this year his plan was to fight for the championship and we've done that," he said. "Unfortunately, we didn't win it and had some really tough competition but next year we'll have another crack at it.

"We've learnt a lot this year that we take into next year and on top of that we receive a new Kawasaki bike for next year. There are a lot of improvements for next year, adjustable swingarm pivot, lighter crank and a few other things that would have helped us this year."