Dean Ellison and the D&B Firepower Ducati Team suffered a few set backs this weekend at Cadwell Park.

Ellison still competing aboard the four year old 996 Ducati struggled with set up all weekend and could only master himself to eleventh on the final grid positions.

A mechanical failure in race one forced Ellison to retire in the early stages, leaving him to sit out the race and watch the others battle it out between themselves. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne took the win and was crowned 2003 British Superbike Champion two races prior to the final round.

By race two Ellison was keen to get back out on track, racing on his number two bike Dean was locked in a tight battle with Hawk Kawasaki Rider Lee Jackson and TDB Appleyard Yamaha rider Jon Kirkham. Pulling a slight edge from Kirkham, Ellison and Jackson were side by side for the full 18 lap race. Jackson got the slight advantage on the last lap crossing the line 0.2 quicker than Ellison. Ellison finished a creditable 10th place and gained some valuable championship points.

"We've had a few problems with the bike this weekend," said Ellison, "We are still running the same bikes that we were running before Firepower came on board. It's been a tough season for me and the whole D&B Team and we are looking forward to next year now.

"I'm gutted not to have scored points in the first race but I got stuck in come race two and had a decent battle with Lee, but he finally got the better of me as we crossed the line."

 

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