Ellison wins first BSB race

James Ellison has scored a career first British Superbike victory in the second race of the day at Donington Park after capitalising on a mysterious delay for Leon Camier.

Having taken his first podium of the season with second place during the first race, Ellison would prevail in a tight early fight between himself and a number of otgher riders vying for a maiden BSB win before pulling out a comfortable advantage by the chequered flag.

In a race that was red flagged after just one lap initially when Karl Harris' Hydrex Honda dropped fluid down the length of the home straight before crashing, four riders would share the lead over the course of the restarted race.

Bumped up to the front row in the absence of Sylvain Guintoli, it was Walker who got the best start of the front row sitters, scything into the lead ahead of Richards and pole sitter Camier.

Having endured a fairly quiet opening race, Richards made his first appearance in front by the end of the lap when he planted a move on Walker at McLeans, a position he would cling on to for the next four laps.

In that time, Camier's challenge would falter, the Airwaves Yamaha slowing down suddenly at it rounded the Melbourne hairpin. However, somehow he was able to get it going again, albeit having lost almost 25 seconds to the leaders.

It meant Richards led, ahead of Walker, Ellison, Easton, Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa, with only Walker of the sextet having previously won a race – albeit nine years ago.

Inspired by the opportunity to fight for victory, Walker snatched the lead back off Richards on lap five with a brave move at Goddards. Furthermore, he'd resist a challenge by Easton just a lap later, the pair swapping positions first at the Esses before Walker resumed the position by Melbourne.

Keeping a watching brief in third having overtaken Richards, Ellison duly pounded on Easton for second on lap seven with a move at McLeans before needing just one further lap to dispatch Walker having stalked the 'Stalker' through the Craner Curves and planting the move at the Old Hairpin.

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James Ellison - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha []
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
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James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]

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Bear - Unregistered

May 25, 2009 8:10 PM

"but the last time yamahas were this good, Niall Mac had some classic racing with Whitham/Hizzy/Stalker as Cadbury Boost :)team mates"... Whilst of the subject of those great riders... what a wonderful moment it was when the camera cut to Niall celebrating his son's 4th in the 125cc, whilst Whitham told Bradley Smith (who was comentating with them)... "talk about welling up (crying)... I remember when he were born"!... great stuff Whit, well funny!

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