James Ellison says he is already looking towards a British Superbike title challenge in 2015 after concluding a strong, albeit interrupted, first season as a GBmoto Kawasaki rider.

Ellison joined the privateer team as it switched from Honda to Kawasaki machinery for 2014, the former BSB runner-up emerging as a front runner and likely Title Showdown contender before a high-speed crash at Brands Hatch in the summer injured his hip and scuppered those hopes.

Returning to action for the final rounds, Ellison - who this week confirmed he would remain with GBmoto Kawasaki for 2015 - was back to his best on his return to Brands Hatch to conclude the year with a pair of second place finishes.

Though not quite the first GBmoto win he was hoping to achieve before the year was out, Ellison says he is pleased to be taking positives into the winter now his future is secure.

"There's always so much pressure coming into the final round to perform well so I'm chuffed to bits to be challenging for the lead and to finish with two podiums," he said. "It's a massive boost for me and for the team to go into the winter with this kind of success so I'm really confident that next year we can be challenging for the title.

"I just want to thank the whole GBmoto team, it's been an incredible year and they've all worked so hard so it was really great to be rewarding them with two podiums."


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