James Ellison says he gave everything to blitz the times and set a new outright lap record at Brands Hatch Indy on his way to pole position as he heads into tomorrow's races extremely confident of delivering maiden wins for McAMS Yamaha.

The 14-time BSB race winner sat top of the times after Saturday's free practice sessions with a new circuit record but saw Luke Mossey battle back in FP3 in the opening qualifying session with his own outright lap record to nip in front of Ellison.

After reclaiming the initiative against Mossey in Q2, Ellison's opening flyer of 44.728s in Q3 once again broke the lap record for two-wheeled machines around Brands Hatch Indy and ultimately couldn't be matched by his rivals to give Ellison his first pole position since the Brands Hatch Grand Prix BSB round last July.

"If I'm honest I thought Luke would beat us in qualifying," Ellison said. "We've had consistent pace on both the soft and hard rear tyre and we ran the hard tyre in FP3 and my fastest lap was on lap 31 with a 45.2s and I was only two-tenths quicker using the soft.

"So when I saw a 44.7s pop up on my dash I thought that was enough and if anyone could beat that they could have it. I didn't feel like I could get any more out of the lap as I hit every marker.

"I changed a couple of things for sector one between FP and qualifying as that is where I was losing out. A big thanks to McAMS Yamaha for putting this team together it is great to be back at Yamaha."

Ellison has pinpointed Mossey as the main threat at Brands Hatch Indy but after making set-up adjustments to his front forks he feels he can attack in sector one where the JG Speedfit Kawasaki was finding an edge.

"I knew Luke would be the danger man all weekend over one lap and a race distance as he's been consistent," he said. "All weekend we had been struggling in sector one and that is where Luke is strongest and our saving grace was being so strong in the last sector.

"We looked at the data and we were hitting the bottom of the front forks so once we went harder on the front springs, up by almost a kilogram, I could brake later and improve that first sector to get closer to Luke.

"We've got a good setting on both but don't think the SC0 will last tomorrow in the races. It is going to be a tough one but that is BSB and I'm keen to get the McAMS Yamaha on the podium."


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