Mixed weekend for superbiker

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James Ellison suffered mixed emotions once more, as technical problems continue to haunt him, at the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship.

The Lancaster-man and Milwaukee Yamaha went into the fifth round at a sunkissed Snetterton hoping to put their string of negative results and technical problems behind them.

On the Saturday, it looked liked they were well on the right track to putting their woes behind them, when the team finished the day with a strong qualifying session.

Ellison qualified in 5th position with his teammate Josh Waters qualifying in 12th place.

The Sunday saw two scintillating superbike races in the Norfolk sunshine.

Both races had all the thrills and spills of a wet race with numerous incidents.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s improvements worked brilliantly in race one with both their riders finishing in the top 10.

Ellison finished in 4th place.

James went into race two hoping to build on his 4th place in the previous race and finish on the podium.

He was riding in third place during the opening laps, until a safety car was deployed because of an incident including Robin Harms and Jon Kirkham.

Once the race was resumed, a problem with his wheel speed sensor forced him to drop down the pack.

He eventually managed to fight his way back up the grid to finish the race in 9th place.

Ellison said: “Today has obviously been disappointing for me and we seem to have carried the one good race then one bad race over to another weekend!

“We have been building up gradually and getting faster all weekend and after the 4th in the first race I genuinely thought we had the pace to fight for the podium or perhaps even the win in the second one.

“In race two I got up to third and then we had the safety car period as and I went for the gear and it wasn’t there.

“The sensor is a reference for everything and we made some real steps here with hard work and unfortunately that meant we couldn’t show our potential.”

Ellison will next be in action at the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch, on July 21.