Ellison: Fifth is probably better than fourth.

James Ellison was not too disheartened to be bumped off the front row of the grid in qualifying for the final Bennetts British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch, claiming the circuit's unique layout should aid his cause at the start.

Ellison looked set for a front row start as the seconds ticked down, but he would be usurped by the Suzuki of Tom Sykes when his last minute effort snatched fourth place off the former MotoGP racer.

Nonetheless, it means Ellison moves to the top of the circuit on the grid meaning he is on the downward slope heading into the challenging first turn. Sykes, meanwhile, will have to start uphill.

As such, the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider was satisfied with his efforts and has targeted two wins to reward the plucky team come race day.

“I was trying to get on the front row, but it is probably better that we are fifth. If you look at the grid, it slopes down from left to right and with fifth place on the left we are going downhill when we set off. I'm a bit disappointed not to get on the front row though.

“There is nothing to lose. I don't want to throw it away and I want to give the team what they deserve, which is two wins. I will be going out there and trying to do them proud.”

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