After a difficult weekend last time out at Snetterton, James Ellison and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team are eager to get their season back on track at Thruxton.
Ellison endured a miserable weekend in Norfolk after being taken out of the action in race one, and then being forced to retire from race two of the day.
The double DNF means that Ellison now finds himself back outside the top six Showdown places, down in eighth position. The Kawasaki rider is now nine points behind sixth-place man Richard Cooper.
Heading into round six of the championship, Ellison has his eyes set on a return to the Showdown places as he looks to put everything that happened at Snetterton behind him.
Ellison said: “Snetterton really was a disaster, after getting ourselves into a Showdown position and only a few points behind third it was devastating to drop back out. I’m really looking forward to getting to Thruxton this weekend though and putting it behind us. It’s a track I love and although we had the injury last year, it’s a track I typically go well at.
“It’s definitely going to be two interesting races, as the nature of the circuit means no one can usually break away and the abrasiveness of the tarmac means tyre management is crucial. I won’t be approaching it any different though as my style is naturally quite conservative on the tyre but it’ll be interesting to see if anyone can use the softer rear, as Josh was the only one who got it working last year. I know what I’m capable of and we know what the bike can do, so my goal is to get my Showdown back on track this weekend with two podiums.”
The action at Thruxton gets underway this Friday with the opening two practice sessions. Qualifying then gets underway at the earlier time of 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
Keep checking The Checkered Flag for all the latest updates from Thruxton over the weekend.