Ellison: I'd hate to miss out on the challenge!

Reigning British Superbike Championship (BSB) runner-up James Ellison remains without a ride in 2010 as the clock ticks down - but as he admits to feeling 'like he has lost a limb', he is still confident of being a part of what he predicts will be 'a really strong field' this year
Last year's British Superbike Championship (BSB) runner-up James Ellison has re-iterated that there remains 'nothing to report' as yet regarding him lining up on the grid again in 2010 – but with 'some meetings' coming up over the next few weeks, he is still hopeful of finding a seat before the music stops.

Ellison was the closest challenger to Airwaves Yamaha team-mate Leon Camier in 2009 as he triumphed four times and mounted the lower two steps of the rostrum on a further eleven occasions. It is therefore somewhat ironic that off the back of the most successful campaign of his career to-date, the 29-year-old is now jobless pending GSE Racing's likely departure from the fray following the loss of its title sponsor.

Still, as he continues his intense, gruelling winter physical fitness programme with reigning World Superbike Champion and 2010 MotoGP graduate Ben Spies across the Pond in Texas – comprising 100-mile cycle rides, hours of core strength training and runs of up to ten miles – the Lancaster native is confident that all of his hard work will not ultimately transpire to be in vain as the clock to the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser over Easter weekend increasingly ticks down.

“There is nothing really that exciting to report at the moment,” Ellison told the official BSB website. “I have just been spending a lot of time in the saddle riding the bike outside, and indoors on the trainer when the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. The weather here is like nowhere I've been before – you can get sunburn one day and frostbite the next. It's crazy!

“If I'm not pedalling, running or doing some form of exercise, I'll be sending e-mails trying to sort things out for this season. I'm definitely ready to get back on a motorbike again. I hate being away from them for this long, as it feels like I've lost a limb! At the moment I'm so looking forward to getting out on my enduro bike when I get back to the UK, and also doing a spot of mountain biking with The Kendal Massive.

“I'm hoping my persistence this winter will have paid off and I can give my fans the news they have been waiting for. I have some meetings to attend back home this month, which will decide the fate of this upcoming season. It looks like it will be a really strong field this year, so I'd hate to miss out on the challenge!”

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James Ellison - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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James Ellison - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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BSB race action, Brands Hatch [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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mike hunt - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 6:03 PM

Second in the championship and no ride? What a crazy situation... What are last years GSE bikes doing? Surely Yamaha UK can stump up a budget for Ellison to run them! IIRC GSE had 50%-75% of the budget to run 2 riders. isn't that enough to run just Ellison. WTF!

roadking03 - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 6:23 AM

Until my daughter married a pro motorcyle racer,I didnt realize that alot of them paid to ride. I think that's kind of crazy. Where does the money go from all the fans buying tickets? Maybe if they paid a prize purse for the top 5, or so riders,it would take some financial burden off the teams,and the riders would have something more to race for!!Just a thought.But it will be a shame if Ellison is not a ride because of lack of money brought to the table.These racers are professionals,and should get paid...not pay to ride :? :?

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