As expected, James Ellison has withdrawn from the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship after succumbing to his hand injury at Cadwell Park.
Sustained during training in Spain on the run up to this event, Ellison had battled on into qualifying but after ending up in 16th place on the grid around one of the most physical circuits on the calendar, he has chosen to curtail his weekend early.
A particularly difficult decision to make in light of his ever improving position in the standings, Ellison insists he had no choice but to pull out, particularly ahead of his World Superbike appearance at Donington Park in just a fortnight's time.
“I injured my hand when I was training in Spain last week and whereas I thought it would be OK, having ridden the bike around a demanding track as Cadwell, it's proving to be a bit of a problem and it's just getting worse and worse.
“I wanted to get into the top ten and then I could have made a decision tomorrow. But really the only way I can get ready for Croft is by resting it and hopefully it should be healed in around 7 to 10 days.
“I have to think about the rest of the season, and I'm chasing third in the Championship so I don't really want to miss a round, it's just really disappointing. The guys in the team have worked so hard and I'm just disappointed for them too."