MotoGP » Ellison in the dark over PBM’s 2013 MotoGP plans

"Hopefully Paul will keep me on, but it's up to him. To be honest I don't have a clue" - James Ellison.

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customs officer - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 3:00 PM

ellison doing the best he can . in front of 'superstars' like edwards a lot of the time. That Bird fella is bad news though, constanly undermining the riders confidence. hope to see ellison and byrne in motogp next year.


October 25, 2012 3:07 PM

re: "CRT is a career killer? Not sure about that pirro has put himself in a great position and petruci is on the worst CRT out there or was and he has been given tests on the Ducati"

let's revisit this topic when either of those lads get calls from honda or yamaha.


October 25, 2012 3:49 PM

@"CRT is a career killer"

It's the same as the Evo (and the Cup before) was in BSB. Talented riders started there then got chances with better bikes. It's a bit worrying that none of the CRT riders got chance with 'factory' bikes for 13, but hope it will change in the future. It's a class in the class. After the first season I think it's useless to hope they will catch the factory and sat bikes.

wadcutter - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 5:26 PM

The only way he'll keep the ride is if Shakey DOESN'T join him next year as Birdy won't want James showing the current BSB champ and Birdy's favourite up.
I think James has done well under the circumstances this season. Shame ASPAR don't have 3 bikes, with their experience, equipment and rider encouragement James would be a strong addition.


October 25, 2012 8:01 PM

I've got alot of respect for PBM for the investment in racing, and both the CRT and bsb efforts have been a success in my eyes.
James has done well this year and I'd like to see him back for 2013. It's not his fault that racing is so expensive and that people with sponsors will get the best rides, but that's th way of the world. The idea of CRT is that riders with ability get a chance to show something (development, qualifying, finishing races) that could lead to a promotion. But he's still living the dream this year, by almost anyone's standards, so I don't feel THAT sorry for him either way!


October 25, 2012 10:50 PM

Ellison's biggest problem this year has been that his own team's principal didn't get behind him. The gist of Bird's comments amounting to: we've built him a good bike and he isn't riding it right.

Which sums up Bird quite nicely. PBM did not build the bike, they bought it. The team clearly didn't get their heads round it as quickly as other teams did. Blaming the rider alone is exactly what I'd expect of Bird.

As for the promise of PBM building their own bike for next year, that's just typical egotistical Bird BS. PBM are not building a bike from the ground up. They'll be buying the frame, indeed the whole rolling chassis, from somebody else. Whether it's an existing CRT supplier or somebody new to CRT remains to be seen, but it won't be a PBM designed and built machine.

Bird's claims that he and his team were why Kawasaki did so well in WSB have been shown this year to be BS. A Kawasaki 2nd by only half a point and Bird and his team nowhere in sight.

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