ELLISON’S HOT PACE FI­NALLY PAYS OFF

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James Ellison has topped prac­tice ses­sions, taken pole po­si­tions and led a num­ber of races so far this year but has had lit­tle to show for it un­til Sun­day’s sec­ond BSB race.

Out of the six races prior to this week­end, Ellison had fin­ished just three of them and his tough year looked to con­tinue when he crashed out of con­tention for the lead in the open­ing race.

How­ever, he fought back in race two to lead and take a strong sec­ond and feels he could have won had he not been so cau­tious.

“We’ve had the pace all year,” he said. “Ev­ery­one’s talked about the po­ten­tial we’ve got with the MCAMS Yamaha but that’s all it’s been so far, po­ten­tial. So to fi­nally turn it into a re­sult is mega.

“Sure, the win would have been nice but Jake was rid­ing so well. He’s full of con­fi­dence and I’m here just want­ing some points on the board. I threw it down the road in race one, so if I’d done the same in race two we’d have had no chance this year so we needed to make amends. I might have been a bit cau­tious to­wards the end, but in my mind I rode as hard as I could in the cir­cum­stances we had.”

It was also a pos­i­tive week­end for the sec­ond MCAMS Yamaha of Michael Laverty, who fi­nally found some pace on his YZF-R1 to fight through to eighth in the sec­ond race from 15th on the grid.

‘A win would have been nice, but I needed to make amends’ JAMES ELLISON

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