Broken wrist for Ellison after 'fastest crash ever'

'There was oil all over my bike and visor - I couldn't see!,' explains Ellison

JAMES Ellison has described yesterday’s first race at Thruxton a ‘disaster’ after crashing at high speed due to oil on the track dumped by Richard Cooper's Kawasaki engine.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was right behind Cooper’s Anvil TAG Kawasaki at Church when it dumped oil all over the track on lap six. Unfortunately Ellison hit the oil and was launched at high speed from his ZX-10R machine which resulted in a broken left wrist. 

Speaking after the incident, Ellison explained: “The race itself was going well, we were running in the front group and I could see some of the guys in front were beginning to lose grip whereas I was feeling particularly good still. 

“Going through Church on lap six I was sitting behind Cooper when his engine went, throwing oil all over my bike and visor – to the point where I couldn’t see.

“I moved off line and was about to lift my visor so I could see but the bike came round on me as the tyres were covered in oil and I high-sided! 

“It was possibly the fastest crash I’ve ever had,” continued the 34-year-old. “The result is a broken left wrist. It’s gutting and we seem to never have any luck, just like Snetterton it was a crash through no fault of our own which has given us a big setback.

“It’s a clean break so I’m going to see the specialist to decide if we plate it or not. It’s going to be a race against time to get back for Cadwell, but I’ve done it before and we’re still third in the championship so I’m pretty confident that whether it’s Cadwell or Oulton we’ll still make the Showdown.

“I’m just as gutted for the whole team, they work so hard and didn’t deserve this either – but a massive congratulations to Westy, that was a brilliant ride and I’m chuffed to see him take his first podium.”  

Thruxton is proving to be an unlucky place for Ellison as it was the same circuit, same corner where he broke his femur in 2010 whilst with Hydrex Honda.

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