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Ellison hopeful of Snetterton victory

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James Ellison is eager to claim his first win of the MCE British Superbike season this weekend as the championship heads to Snetterton.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki head to Norfolk in great shape having finished on the podium for the last seven races. The team have also had four race victories so far in 2016.

Ellison is yet to stand on the top step of the podium so far but now finds himself in the Showdown places after an impressive second-place finish in race two of the day at Knockhill.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Ellison said: “I really enjoy the Snetterton 300 circuit. It was always a fun circuit to ride but the changes a few years ago have just made it even better. The test we had here a few weeks ago was invaluable – we’re still learning with the new ZX-10R and as we have a good base setting for the weekend, it means we can try some things Friday morning which might not necessarily mean we’ll be at the top of the time sheets straight away. 

“We had a really good weekend at Knockhill and made some big steps forward with the bike so I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum this weekend. We’re in the top six now, and have some podiums under our belt so it’s now time to take our first win of the year.”

Ellison currently sits fifth in the championship but is only five points behind third-place man Christian Iddon. The 35-year-old also has seven podium credits to his name.

Team boss, Mark Smith-Halvorsen added: “Snetterton is always a fantastic event and the whole team is looking forward to returning this weekend where we aim to continue our winning streak, extend our lead at the top of the standings and get all three riders into a Showdown position.”

Free practice gets underway on Friday with qualifying for round five of the championship scheduled to begin at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

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