James Ellison says his front-row-qualifying lap in this afternoon’s final Bennetts British Superbike session was nearly axed after he saved the front end.
The Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider has shown top-three pace all weekend as he’s pushed the privateer squad’s R1 near the front of the pack.
And after taking pole at the Indy circuit last season, Ellison was expecting big things in qualifying – but he almost rolled off after a close call on what would be his fastest lap of Q3.
“I tucked the front on my best lap,” he said. “The forks completely bottomed out and I nearly rolled out of the lap, but I just thought ‘hang on because it might be a good one’… and it was a 45.1.
“I kept trying to get quicker and I couldn’t, so I was glad I held onto that one.
“I was hoping to replicate or get close to the time I did last year, a 44.7, but I just felt like the track wasn’t as quick as that. There are a few setting issues with the bike we want to address for tomorrow.
“Whether we can win or not I don’t know, this kid [Ray] is flying at the minute. It’s damage limitation this weekend, we just need to try and get away with some solid points and podium credits.”