Keith Flint’s TTC team steps up to BSB with Ellison, Laverty

Keith Flint's Team Traction Control has confirmed it will move up to the MCE British Superbike championship with James Ellison and Michael Laverty under the title banner McAMS Yamaha
Keith Flint's Team Traction Control has confirmed it will move up to the MCE British Superbike championship with James Ellison and Michael Laverty under the title banner McAMS Yamaha.

Having enjoyed success in the British Supersport championship as well as on the road racing scene, Team Traction Control is stepping up to BSB in 2017 with experienced hands of Ellison and Laverty on board the Yamaha YZF-R1.

After Ellison's former team GBmoto Racing withdrew from all racing commitments at the end of the 2016 season, he is delighted to secure his place on the BSB grid and reunites him with the Japanese manufacturer for the first time since 2013 when he competed for Shaun Muir Racing.

As a result, an all-new team will join the BSB grid in 2017 as McAMS Yamaha with Ellison joined by Michael Laverty, who also has experience with the Japanese manufacturer.

“This is a new challenge for me. I have raced with Kawasaki for three years and now to return to Yamaha is something I am really excited about it," Ellison said. “I feel that the Yamaha suits my style and we finished second together in the 2009 season so we have good memories to build on.

"We all know how strong the series is so I had to go for what I thought was a championship-winning package and I strongly believe that the TTC Team with the might of Yamaha behind them is exactly what I need to deliver the title."

“It is perfect that McAMS have increased their presence in the championship and are spreading awareness of just how beneficial it is to the average road user and dealers alike. They have personally supported me for three years and we are looking forward to celebrating more success together in 2017."

Laverty, who leaves Tyco BMW after two seasons having missed out on the BSB Showdown in 2016, is convinced the latest model of the R1 will suit his riding style having found the BMW a difficult beast to tame. The Northern Irish rider last compete with Yamaha in 2011, also for Shaun Muir Racing in BSB.

“I'm really excited to be joining the McAMS Yamaha team for the 2017 season," Laverty said. “The R1 is a fantastic motorcycle, it's a bike built for the race track in many ways! I have very fond memories of my previous tenure on Yamaha machinery in 2011, the DNA of the R1, both in terms of power delivery and chassis performance suit a smooth rider, something that is well aligned to my natural riding style.

“I will have a great team in my corner; working with PJ (Pete Jennings) as my crew chief again is great as we worked together at Swan Yamaha in 2011 so the plan is to pick up where we left off making the transition as seamless as possible.

“We want to be aiming for that level from the start of the season; I am looking forward to the change and as a team we will be doing everything possible over the winter to come out and hit the ground running to fight for podiums from the opening round."

The new-look McAMS Yamaha squad will also contest British Supersport with 2016 champion Tarran Mackenzie who will bid to defend his title on the new Yamaha R6.

Tagged as: Ellison , Michael Laverty

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


November 20, 2016 5:52 PM

I'm pleased Jellison will be in BSB in 2017. He's been handicapped by changing teams too frequently, not always willingly, and on his day, on the right bike he has proved he can beat even Shakey. He fully desrves a BSB championship to add to his World titles.


November 20, 2016 11:44 AM

Neither Ellison nor Laverty (Michael), will NOW ever be true contenders for the championship title, they both continue to get great machinery and show occasional promise but never fully bloom, both are far too inconsistent!!! in my opinion (no expert, and far from it, of course, but a big BSB fan) they have had too many good opportunities over the years, (particularly Ellison) dump them and get some fresh new talent in and give them a chance. Just hoping I don't hear Kiyonari is getting another chance with a decent team for 2017, he's had his day and was fantastic in it, but maybe time to call it a day!

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.