Ellison: I won't let you down

James Ellison is confident a return to his BSB 'family' will see him challenging for the 2010 title
James Ellison has vowed to go one better in this year's MCE British Superbike Championship having completed his move from GSE Racing to Shaun Muir Racing.

Runner-up to former team-mate Leon Camier last year, Ellison enters the 2010 season as the highest placed returning BSB rider, a status that automatically makes him one of the favourites for the title.

A return to the team he managed four podiums with in 2008, Ellison and SMR (formerly Hydrex Honda, now known as Swan Honda) made significant strides in 2009, Ellison winning four races, while SMR beat Honda counterparts HM Plant in the overall standings.

With this in mind, Ellison is delighted to be reviving his relationship with SMR, believing the strong team structure, which he refers to as 'family', will enable him to flourish against accomplished competition.

“The team was strong when I was with them in 2008, but they have moved on so much since then. This is all down to their work ethic and solid team structure, which is exactly what I need to go one better in the championship this year.

“I class the team as family and I know the Honda like the back of my hand, so I'm confident we will be strong out of the gates and I am really looking forward to working with my old crew chief Mick Shanley again.

“I want to thank my fans, friends, family and my wife Sarah for standing by me and always believing in me; I promise I won't let you down this year!"

Ellison will be joined by Stuart Easton in the recently rebranded Swan Honda team.

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James Ellison joins Swan Honda for 2010
British Superbike riders, full BSB grid, Donington Park [Credit: BSB MSV]
Jenny Timouth, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari and Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW [Credit: British Superbike]
Pirelli, British Superbike, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
James Westmoreland, British Superbike, testing [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Jenny Tinmouth - Honda Racing
Jason O`Halloran - Honda Racing
Dan Linfoot - Honda Racing
Dan Linfoot - Honda Racing
Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: TAG Kawasaki Twitter]
Milwaukee Yamaha R1, pre-season tests, BSB [Credit: British]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: GB Moto]
Luke Mossey (gbr) Kawasaki, British Superbike [Credit: British Superbike]

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Ricky Haych - Unregistered

February 09, 2010 11:00 AM

Perhaps he's so publicly grateful because he's a nice guy and wanted to say thanks to the team and his supporters, of which there seems to be a lot. While Camier was on fire last year, James never once lacked commitment or the desire to win. He's got the talent that's for sure and as for the 'after you claude' attitude mentioned above..... did you watch the last Silverstone round? Good luck to James in his quest for the title. Remember Camier got battered by Shakey a few years ago and came back stronger the following season to win the title. I predict the same for Ellison.

little me - Unregistered

February 09, 2010 6:57 PM

Good God, is there a single racer in the world you half wits wouldn't slag off. There are far too many keyboard racers on here who don't know **** about racing. If any one of you can do better than this guy on any circuit in the world I will gladly show my bollox on the starting grid of your choice live on TV. Here's looking forward to some great racing in 2010. From a race fan in KENDAL!!!!!

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