James Ellison says his run to eighth position on his World Superbike wild-card outing has been good preparation for the remainder of the British Superbike Championship season.
Ellison endured a mixed weekend at Donington Park, the Airwaves Yamaha rider crashing out of the first race before recovering to finish eighth in the second.
Particularly disappointed to have been unable to finish the opening race, when he was running ahead of John Hopkins and Carlos Checa at the time, Ellison says a new engine may have been to blame for his fall.
“On the days racing James said, "The start of race one was pretty messy. There was a lot of fairing bashing so it was quite difficult to get a clean run to the first corner. We had a new engine for the race, and once I'd figured out how to ride it, I got my head down to chip away at the guys in front.
“I was looking forward to a good race, passing Hopkins and Checa cleanly. I'm so frustrated not to have finished. I lost the rear of the Airwaves Yamaha going into McLeans, but luckily I was ok for race two.
Making good progress from his 14th place starting position in the second race, Ellison rose as high as sixth at one stage before suffering tyre fade in the latter stages.
"Before the second race we made some adjustments to the engine to prevent another similar crash, but again, it took some time to get used to. I knew I had to be more aggressive off the start and tried to pass as many people as possible into the first corner. Once I got behind Tom Sykes, the plan was to stay behind and challenge later on. But my tyres started to wear and I couldn't do anything about it.”
Looking ahead straight away to the latest round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, Ellison says he has plenty to take away from his appearance on the world stage.
“This weekend has been good preparation for the rest of the BSB season, which is our main priority. I know I need to improve my riding to preserve the tyres. I'm looking forward to getting to Knockhill and making use of everything we've learnt."