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James Ellison satisfied with progress of PBMUK ART Aprilia

"It's slow progress but it will pay dividends eventually and hopefully we will be challenging a bit further up the CRT order soon" - Paul Bird.
Britain's James Ellison insisted Qatar was a 'positive' weekend despite finishing 18th and last on his MotoGP return for the PBMUK Aprilia ART.

The 31-year-old Cumbrian and the team, headed up by Phil Borley, continued their ongoing programme of development work and were encouraged by the progress made.

“All things considered it's been a positive weekend as we have gathered more valuable information in the race than we have in the few days we have tested before Qatar,” said Ellison.

“I understand how the bike, tyres and brakes need to be ridden now but it is seriously like riding on a knife edge so finding the limit without crashing is tough.

“You need to brake super-hard to generate the heat in the discs and also at the same time deform the tyre enough to generate the heat in it for the corner entry.

“But if you carry the brakes into the turn, the tyre folds and you get understeer - or even crash like I did - let off too early and you get chatter, if you get it just right it grips and carries you round the corner,” he added.

“We're talking fractions of a second difference in timing and 0.5-2bar difference in brake pressure so as you can imagine getting it right every corner of every lap will take time.”

Ellison expressed his gratitude to the PBMUK team for a massive effort over the weekend and congratulated Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Keith Farmer on his maiden win in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship at Brands Hatch.

“The whole team have had a gruelling weekend with the time schedule of night racing and unscheduled tip off but have stayed positive throughout.

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April 10, 2012 3:14 PM

Job done for the weekend as far as I can see. That was basically a test for the team, instead of a race. Bike brought home and lots learnt. Roll on next race. Hopefully he'll be a bit closer to the other CRTs then.

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