James Ellison admits he was slightly disappointed to miss out on a podium at Donington Park, but at the same time was thrilled to take a fourth place finish on his World Superbike wild-card outing.
Ellison qualified as the best of the British contingent with fifth in qualifying, but was left with a lot to do in the first race when his slick tyres spun on the damp surface and he was flung sideways. Collected by another rider, Ellison carried on but would end the first lap down in 18th.
Benefiting from various retirements ahead of him, Ellison was in with a shout of a podium in the first race still as he battled to get his aggregate disadvantage down. However, a trip across the gravel trap ended his hopes of finishing any better than tenth.
“It had only just dried up [at the start], so where I was on the grid it was actually wet,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “I knew it would difficult to get off the line, but I didn't want to plod away. The thing just spun up, spat me sideways on full lock and someone punted me to knock me straight. It gave me a lot of hard work to do.
“I was passing Lavilla on the straight and then when I got on the brakes I really I wasn't going to make it, so the back-end just locked up. So I went across the grass and into the gravel – I think I spent more time in the gravel this weekend… - and ended up giving myself more hard work!”
Nonetheless, Ellison made amends in the drenched second race, battling his way back up to fourth place despite suffering an off at Coppice that lost him several seconds. Setting a series of fastest laps as he forged his way back up the order, Ellison was delighted with fourth place, even if he realised a podium finish was definitely in the offing.
“The second race made up for it, although I should have been on the podium,” he added. “We were ten seconds behind Troy at the finish and I lost 13 seconds through the gravel. I have to be happy with fourth though because I'm still carrying a bit of a wrist injury.
“If someone had said to me at Cadwell Park, when I was walking round with the longest face in the world, that I'd be fourth at Donington Park, I'd have bitten their hand off!”