ready for Cadwell Challenge
Round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to the picturesque setting of Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend with Hydrex Bike Animal Honda riders James Ellison and Guy Martin looking forward to the event for various reasons.
Following on from successive podium finishes in the past two rounds, 27 year old Ellison from Kendal in Cumbria currently lies in sixth place in the title chase being the only rider to score in each of the sixteen races to date although he has yet to win a race.
However, with improvements to the Shaun Muir Racing Fireblade ongoing, Ellison is confident that a victory is just around the corner and he'll be hoping to box that off in front of what traditionally is the championship's biggest crowd of the season with over 35,000 fans packing the Lincolnshire track.James Ellison: "I like Cadwell Park, we went to test there a couple of months back but we had a problem with the bike so didn't really get to grips with the place. It looks like it's a bit safer than when I was last there four years ago and the Mountain is just awesome so I'm looking forward to that one and just looking for that win which is just so close."
Meanwhile team mate Guy Martin is in desperate need of some luck in which to turn his fortunes around this season.
After the Ulster Grand Prix washout last weekend, the genial 26 year old from nearby Kirmington is hoping that his local track will be the place he finally gets a result after a season of frustration, epitomised last time out at Knockhill when running inside the top ten only for the race to be stopped and for him to miss out in the restart.
The twisty and undulating nature of the historic track will suit Martin and he's very much looking forward to the challenge as well as entering into the spirit by taking part in Sunday evening's CJ Fund Charity Cycle Race.
Guy Martin: "I'm looking forward to Cadwell with it being my local track, but it's got a chicane in it, and I don't like chicanes. I'll just take it as it comes and I'll just enjoy riding my bike and hopefully we can get a good result."
Also in action will be Heanor's Kieran Clarke who will be looking to add to his points tally that he scored at Oulton Park and Knockhill in the Metzeler 1000cc Superstock Championship since joining the team in mid season.
Kieran Clarke: "I've had some good finishes at Cadwell Park and was top seven on the Superbike there so hopefully we can go well. It's a real riders course and one of my favourite circuits so hopefully we can get knuckled down, get some nice weather and get a bit of success there. I ought to be knocking on the podium door with the experience I have got and once I get a couple more races under my belt I should be up there."
After Cadwell, the team will start making preparations for James' wild card entry at round eleven of the World Superbike Championship at the Donington Park round over the weekend of September 5/6/7th.