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Aprilia CRT impresses Britain's Ellison

'The potential is phenomenal. I think it will be a strong package' - James Ellison
James Ellison was pleasantly surprised following his first outing on the PBM Aprilia CRT machine he will ride on his return to the MotoGP world championship in 2012.

Ellison, whose last ride prior to his maiden test on the Aprilia at Jerez was some five and a half years ago when he was at Tech 3 Yamaha in 2006, was particularly impressed by the handling characteristics of the bike.

The 31-year-old told the official MotoGP website, “It handles really well, I expected to get on it and say 'we need to change this, we need to adjust that', but it just feels like a race bike. I'm really impressed with it so far.”

“The tyres have tons of grip, the front hasn't moved yet. I feel like I'm pushing as hard as I can considering I've been off a bike for so long. We are a few seconds off pace for now, so maybe when I pick it up I'll start feeling where the other riders are struggling as well.

“The guys on the team and I are learning and we really just want to leave with knowledge and walk away with the bike in one piece, that's the main aim.”

Ellison's best time at the Spanish track was 1m 42.526s compared to Aspar's Randy de Puniet, who topped the CRT times in 1m 40.30s, an encouraging debut considering he was running steel brakes as opposed to the carbon brakes being used by the other teams.

“The bikes are identical except we still have steel brakes. The carbon disks will be a big thing when we get them, we tried to follow a few riders and the braking marks were the worst – I tried to brake where they did and just ran on.

“The potential is phenomenal. I think it will be a strong package. Out of all the CRTs, (the ART) seems to be one of the best, if not the best package. It's early...but potentially it's really good. It's exciting to know.”

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 8:16 PM

@Oh dear - Ellison has been hired to develop the bike. The plan is to run two riders next season once the bike has been improved. Perhaps you could share your wisdom with us and name some riders who would do a better job of racing and developing the bike this season, while also sweet talking existing and potential sponsors - oh and preferably a rider who has had a similar role on two previous MotoGP teams / bikes - oh and preferably someone with multiple championship wins at European and World level as that will go down a treat with the sponsors.

roadking03 - Unregistered

February 25, 2012 1:48 AM

@ seem to have a personal dislike against Ellison,maybe he kicked your butt on the track,or you are a forgotten girlfriend..Ellison can develop a bike with the best of them,ask his mechanics about his feedback to the team.And to say he is not fast enough! Last season in WSS he had 2 races with the fastest lap times in the race.Also took a satalite bike and BSB and gave Tommy Hill and John Hopkins a run for thier money after he got the bike sorted....with a podium to boot!!!!peace 100

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