Disappointing Silverstone qualifying for Anvil Hire Yamaha

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James Ellison and Shaun Winfield will start from 25thand 26thon the grid at Silverstone for this afternoon’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race, after rear grip issues held back the Cumbrian and technical trouble forced Shaun to retire from Q1.

Both riders were knocked out at the first time of asking with Ellison struggling with rear grip in damp conditions. He continued to push hard during the opening session, but he couldn’t improve on his time set, leaving him in 25thfor race one.

Shaun started the session strongly and after pitting for an intermediate rear tyre, straight away he knocked off two seconds off his previous time, although on his next flying lap his machine cut out, forcing him to retire from the session leaving him in 26thfor Saturday’s opening race.

A frustrated James Ellison said: “It’s frustrating me, we had no grip again. This morning I felt good but as soon as everyone starts to push harder we hit that wall. FP1 we were P4 in the dry and everything felt good, but as I pushed on I didn’t pick up much more time because I was limited with how much grip I have.

“It was tricky conditions but it was the same for everybody, some guys came in for slicks later on in the session and looking back that is what we should have done that but I thought everyone was on wets because the guys I saw on track had wets on, but I couldn’t understand what was going on, and Shaun has had the same issue.

“The bike is better in the dry, we were only two tenths off in FP1 and half a second off in FP2, we know we are a lot closer in the dry. I nearly won from the back of the grid here last year, so I’ll be thinking of that this afternoon.”

Shaun Winfield added: “I started the session on full wets and I built into it really quickly but half way through I came in and switched to an intermediate rear tyre and I dropped two seconds straight away after my first lap. I felt strong and the track was drying but then as I built up for a flying lap the bike cut out as I headed out of turn one.

“The boys are looking at the data to assess what happened but I’m ready for race one this afternoon whether it’s wet or dry I’m ready.”