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Ellison: I never thought I’d get second MotoGP chance

“I can promise that I will give no less than 100% in every session and hope that I can repay them in some way” - James Ellison.
James Ellison has promised to give '100% in every session' after being given a surprise second chance to race in the MotoGP World Championship.

The Englishman will compete in his first grand prix since 2006 when he lines up on the grid in Qatar on Sunday, for what will be the PBM UK team's first ever MotoGP appearance.

Ellison, a former World Endurance and double European Superstock champion, notched up 39 MotoGP starts for WCM and then Tech 3 Yamaha from 2004-2006.

Superbike and Supersport followed before the 31-year-old was picked by PBM to ride its Aprilia 'ART' machine under the new-for-2012 privateer 'Claiming Rule Team' regulations.

"I'm really excited to be back in Qatar as I love the circuit and it's even more special that I'm here to be part of MotoGP,” said Ellison.

“Being honest I never thought it possible to get a second chance so of course I am extremely grateful to Paul Bird and the whole PBM UK team for this opportunity and I can promise that I will give no less than 100% in every session and hope that I can repay them in some way.”

After a late start to testing, Ellison and PBM head into the Losail night race with work very much in progress.

But Aspar's Randy de Puniet has already proven that the ART is not only the most effective of the five CRT designs at present, it can also threaten the satellite manufacturer machines.

“It will be a tough battle for sure with the relative lack of time we've had on the bike to date, but we are a strong team and I'm sure we'll fight hard to make up for lost time,” said Ellison, before joking: “One request though: dim the lights please!"

Team principal Paul Bird is switching his attention to MotoGP after running the factory Kawasaki World Superbike team in recent seasons. Bird will also run Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton in British Superbike and Keith Farmer in the British Superstock 1000 championship.

Tagged as: Yamaha , James Ellison , Tech 3 , Qatar

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RaceFan - Unregistered

April 05, 2012 9:29 AM

James rode both in supersport and superbike effectively last year and to my mind, showed more guts and determination than ever! And I can still remember when Colin Edwards said James's lines were brilliant when he was riding MotoGP. He has the pedigree, now he needs to grit his teeth, ride smoothly... and faster than ever! Go James, do yourself, your family and your country proud!

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