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Knockhill review - D&B Ducati Racing

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By Carly Rathmell
May 25 2003

Not what Dean Ellison and the D&B team were expecting from this weekend to say the least. A long drive to Scotland and an even longer drive home after Dean failed to finish in either of the British Superbike races. After the elation at Oulton Park a few weeks ago, it just wasn’t to be Dean’s weekend. If something could go wrong it did. Certainly a weekend that Dean and the team will want to put behind them before heading to the next race.

The extreme weather conditions throughout the weekend proved treacherous for Dean’s 996 Ducati in trying to find the optimum wet set-up.

Mechanical failure was the core problem in both races. Dean started the second race from the back of the grid on his number two bike, and was rapidly working his way up the field. Carving his way through he got himself up to a respectable eighth position when his D&B Ducati gave up the ghost on lap eight.

Commenting, Dean said “Things have just not run well for me this weekend. We all have our good days and bad days, and this was one of the bad ones. Fortunately we have a long break now before Brands Hatch, so I’m confident we can get the bike up to speed for then. I enjoy riding at Brands and always have a good result there. It was a knock back down to earth after such a fantastic weekend at Oulton. The weather here was a nightmare on Saturday and Sunday, with rain showers every fifteen minutes or so. We have a lot of work to do but I’m sure we’ll be back up to speed before we head down south in June.”

Dean remains confident for his future races. It wasn’t only Dean that suffered this weekend, Championship contender Michael Rutter, on his Renegade Ducati, left the Scottish Circuit with only one point after wrong tyre selection in race one and a blown engine in race two.

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