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Ellison starts fight back to fitness after Brands Hatch crash

Tuesday, July 22 2014

MCE British Superbike Championship title contender James Ellison has begun his fight back to fitness following his crash in Sunday's second race at Brands Hatch, which left the podium-finisher with an intertrochanteric fracture to his right hip.

Ellison crashed out in spectacular style whilst leading the race ahead of title rival Shane Byrne. The Kendal rider had hit the front of the chasing pack, but ran wide onto the grass at Dingle Dell and then was fiercely flicked from the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.

Ellison underwent surgery yesterday (Monday) at King's College Hospital to remove an original pin from his femur from a previous injury and has also had the bone to knuckle joined with a plate and screws.

Team owner Mark Smith-Halvorsen concluded: "I am pleased to say that James' operation went successfully and he is in good spirits. He has had the pin removed and had his femur and hip plated and screwed back together - whereas previously he was just screwed!  He also has a fractured kneecap but that won't cause any problems. The hole in his knee they originally thought would require a skin graft, but they think that will not be the case now which is also positive news.

"The last day has been a complete success with the surgery and treatment for James and very soon he can look at the next stage of rehabilitation with hydrotherapy, physio and the hyperbaric chamber. Typically he is very determined to overcome this injury and is eager to carry on the road to a full recovery. Over the coming weeks we will have a better of idea on when we will see him back on track." 

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