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Donington Park Grand Prix: Ellison hit with tyre problem in race two

James Ellison says the opening round of the BSB Showdown ended in a disappointing fashion after dropping off the pace in race two with a tyre issue.
James Ellison says the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Showdown ended in a disappointing fashion after dropping off the pace in race two with a suspected tyre issue.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider had demonstrated consistently hot pace at Donington Park and having narrowly missed the podium in race one to Honda's Jason O'Halloran he looked in strong form during the opening laps of race two battling for the lead with team-mate Leon Haslam and Be Wiser Ducati's Shane Byrne.

But for a second consecutive round the race weekend would end in frustration as his Pirelli tyre suffered early wear and issues which dropped him down to seventh place at the chequered flag.

“All weekend we've had really strong pace and have been running at the front and we even led both races,” Ellison said. “Unfortunately, in that final race we had a problem with our tyre around lap six and I just couldn't turn or keep the pace.

“It's really disappointing if I'm honest, I felt really strong and thought we could definitely have been fighting for the podium. It was a bad end to the weekend, and although some of the other Showdown guys had difficult races we shouldn't be finishing in seventh.”

Ellison has remained fourth in the BSB Showdown standings, five points off Dan Linfoot in third, but a sizeable 58 points behind leader Byrne with five races remaining.



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