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Ellison: “I haven’t given up on the title yet”

Tuesday, October 15 2013

Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison admits he hasn't given up his hopes of lifting the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title at the triple-header Brands Hatch decider this weekend (18/19/20 October).

Ellison lies third in the overall standings but after a single podium finish in the Showdown he arrives at Brands Hatch 41 points adrift of Alex Lowes, however with three races and 75 points up for grabs he refuses to rule himself out of title contention just yet and prepares for the toughest three races of the season. Ellison was on the podium at the Kent circuit back in July, but knows that nothing less than three race wins will be enough if he wants to try and be in contention if the leading pair slip up.

Ellison said: "At Brands Hatch there is only one thing we can do and that is to go out and win all three races. At Silverstone everything had been going well up until the end of free practice. We knew we had our work cut out after the crash in qualifying which was my fault but that just set the weekend off. We thought the win would be a hard push from there but I wasn't happy with fifth. In race two it was looking better and I knew I had good drive out of Vale but then I had that big moment and I saw the lead group disappear into the distance. I dug deep and finished fourth but I was so disappointed as we had so much confidence going into that round.

"The lead might have stretched in the points but I haven't given up on the title yet because as we saw at Assen in this championship anything can happen and it usually does during the Showdown! I will be pushing hard all weekend because we can do nothing more than try and score the three race wins and there is no reason why we can't do that. I feel happy ahead of Brands Hatch as we have had some strong races there already this year and we will doing everything we can. I have been working harder than ever on my training as they are going to be three long, hard races but we will be ready."