James Ellison got his 2011 World Supersport campaign off to a good start at Phillip Island after battling through injury to finish in sixth position.

The former British Superbike runner-up was making his debut for the Bogdanka PTR team in Australia, but was forced to contend with a knee injury following a crash in testing a week earlier that necessitated keyhole surgery.

Though an uncomplicated procedure, Ellison admits he struggled with his fitness during the 21-lap race, so was pleased to come away with useful points in an otherwise quiet sixth place.

"Considering what we've came through in Australia this week I'm quite happy with sixth. Because of the injury I couldn't steer the bike with my legs and had to work harder with my shoulders - and they got quite tired in the end.

"I'm a bit disappointed about that because my training and fitness are very important to me and are normally my strong points - but we have a month off now before our home race and I'll be ready for Donington."



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