Former WCM and Tech 3 MotoGP
rider James Ellison
will return to grand prix riding a CRT bike for the Paul Bird Motorsports team (as rumoured last week as rumoured last week
"Well the cats out the bag now... Sorry to those I couldn't tell b4, it was hard not to shout it from the top of a roof!! I'm so excited! #77" Ellison wrote on his Twitter page.
The 31-year-old Englishman, who raced in BSB
and WSS this season, also revealed that the team will use an Aprilia engine, despite PBM racing with Kawasakis in BSB
"Aprilia... only people guessing it was a Kwak, but that's completely false."
Ellison's best MotoGP
finish was ninth on a Dunlop-shod Tech 3 Yamaha at the 2006 Catalan Grand Prix.
He finished seventh in WSS this year, with two podiums.