James Ellison admitted that the set up of his Hydrex Bike Animal Honda wasn't quite to his liking after he qualified in tenth place for the latest rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Croft.

Ellison had started the day well with a solid opening practice session, where he finished third behind HM Plant pair Leon Haslam and Cal Crutchlow, with the Cumbrian going into qualifying optimistic of securing a strong result.

However, having made it through to the top-ten shootout with the tenth quickest time in the second phase of qualifying, he was unable to improve his position and had to settle for tenth on the grid as a result.

"We still haven't got the set-up right," he said. "We're not a million miles off but we really need to be up in the top four in qualifying to do the job in the race. We're losing quite a bit of time in a few of the sectors so we've got a bit of work to do on the set-up to try and get a good lap together, but we'll get there."

Team-mate Guy Martin meanwhile will start one row further back on the grid with the 14th quickest time during qualifying.

"We seem to have the same problem with certain corners wherever we go and I think we've made a bit of a breakthrough with the way we need to go," he said. "Fourteenth isn't spectacular but it's OK for me and I always go better in the race. Everyone's working really well and if we carry on in the same direction then I think we'll cure it."


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