D&B Ducati rider Dean Ellison was again the victim of engine failure in the second round of the 2003 British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, but refuses to be downhearted with so little of the season gone.

After disappointment at Silverstone two weeks ago, this time the gremlins struck on the warm-up lap of race one. After qualifying tenth on the grid, Ellison was confident of earning himself some decent points, so the retirement came as a particularly heavy blow.

Having been forced to sit out race one, the young Briton was raring to get back out for race two. Five riders were fighting for ninth position and a tough battle ensued between Ellison, factory Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama and the two Hawk Kawasaki riders, Scott Smart and Lee Jackson. The D&B Ducati man managed to up his game, however, and fought hard to the end, getting the better of the factory Kawasakis and only being beaten by a whisker on the last corner by Kagayama, finishing in a creditable tenth position.

"I suffered with a mechanical failure in the first race, which I was really disappointed about, so it was however good to get out and actually race with people in race two," Ellison commented.

"Although tenth position today means points in the bag, we will be working hard to better that in the next races. The team is working very well together and it's a shame we've had so many problems. Thruxton has never been one of my favourite circuits and I'm looking forward to getting to Oulton in a few weeks time. We've still got 18 races left so nothing is over yet - far from it."



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