James Ellison was a double podium finisher at the opening round of the 2014 season, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider has declared that only wins will do as the 2015 British Superbike Championship gets underway this weekend at Donington Park (4/5/6 April).
Ellison narrowly missed out on a place in the Showdown last year after a heroic fight back from breaking his femur and admits he is more determined than ever to start the season with a victory.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider had been gunning for the top time in the recent official test, but was forced to settle for sixth after encountering traffic on his fastest lap, which he says has made him even more focused ahead of this weekend.
Ellison said: "At the test we ran through a few issues and cured everything we were working on and then we put a new tyre in at the end. On my out lap I was immediately nearly a second faster just because of the new rubber and that was on a SC1, not even the softer option. We have on the dash a display which tells you if you are up or down and by how much. I glanced at it down the straight before the Esses and I could see there was another bike ahead of me, so I thought I would get him out of the Esses, as I was 0.37s under my previous time. I lost time with him in the corner and then it was the chequered flag so I was fuming.
"It showed though that we are definitely quick enough, because I came in from the session expecting to be a lot further down the order as I didn't get a clean lap in, so I was happy with the ending overall. I was just frustrated as we didn't end the test quickest and I know we could have done, but it was a positive and successful day.
"It has been a long drag through winter with lots of anticipation and lots of new riders coming on board and also the big hype through testing. I think there will be a few more guys mixing in with the regulars and I am definitely fired up for it now and feeling confident. There are no tactics - we just need as many wins as possible for the podium points. Last year we didn't have expectations with the new bike, but it is different this year as now podiums are not good enough. We need to go out and win it and that is pressure from myself and the whole team. You can let that get to you or you can use that in a good and positive way and let it fire you up, which it has - we want to start how we mean to carry on!"