Knockhill: Ellison elated with podium boost

James Ellison says the big risks he took in the wet race two at Knockhill were repaid in the shape of his second place as he stormed into the Showdown spots.
James Ellison says the big risks he took in the wet race two at Knockhill were repaid in the shape of his second place which saw him storm into the top six Showdown spots.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider made a well-timed late race charge through the field into third and pinched the runner-up spot from Dan Linfoot after the Honda rider made a small error exiting the final hairpin which saw Ellison out-drag him to the finish line.

Ellison felt starting higher up the grid in race two helped him maximise his performance after a difficult starting position in the dry race one hampered his progress to seventh place.

The 35-year-old rider feels second place in race two is a suitable reward for the risks he took in the slippery conditions.

“It was sketchy and loose. It was difficult to judge how hard you could push,” Ellison said. “I could see I was catching the guys in front but also when I was giving that little bit extra they were already on the edge anyway so to catch them I was having to take massive risks.

“It was really, really tough with not much grip out there so passes were nervy but to come out of it with second I'm really happy. I was happy to settle for third if I am honest but when Dan made that mistake it was an added bonus.

“It was nice to come away with a decent result and obviously for the team too to keep its run of podium appearances up. It is a fantastic result for them and it shows what a quality team they are.”

On his charge to second place Ellison was involved in a clash at the final hairpin with Be Wiser Ducati's Glenn Irwin which saw the BSB rookie tumble out of the race.

Ellison lunged up the inside of Irwin and once the Northern Irish rider cut backs he connected with Ellison which sent him off into the gravel.

Ellison has stressed his apology to Irwin and Be Wiser Ducati and felt it was a racing incident, a view also taken by race direction who opted not to penalise either party after an investigation.

“I've apologised to Glenn and spoken to him,” Ellison added. “I know he is still not happy and probably won't be for a while – if ever – but genuinely there was a gap there on the tight line that I always use.

“Glenn had gone a little bit deep and that is where I saw the line so when he cut back he wouldn't have seen me. It is just one of those things unfortunately and I'm gutted he got knocked out of the race.”

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