James Ellison believes Airwaves Yamaha can go to the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park confident of having an advantage over the majority of their rivals.
Ellison makes his return to the world stage having competed as a wild-card in 2008 aboard the Hydrex Honda, the former MotoGP rider impressing with a run to fourth position and the fastest lap.
Back this season with the Airwaves Yamaha team, the dominant force thus far in this year's British Superbike Championship, Ellison is anticipating the competition to be tough on this occasion.
“The world championship is so close and there is a lot of talent out there,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “It will be interesting to see what the World Superbikes can do against the factory Yamaha team and the rest of the world.”
Returning to the scene of his maiden BSB win last month, Ellison admits the fact he raced there so recently means they are likely to be able to hit the ground running come Friday practice.
Even so, having acquired much of their data from that BSB race weekend, Ellison expects the factory Yamaha team to remain the team to beat over the weekend.
“I think it will be a big advantage, but we are close with the Yamaha team and we will share information to them. They will be working off the back of what we've done, so we may have an advantage over the rest of the field, but not the factory Yamaha team.”