Paul Bird Motorsport's James Ellison heads for his first home British MotoGP since 2006 feeling 'proper excited' and with his confidence 'really high'.

Threatened with replacement for the Le Mans round after struggling with chatter in the opening events of the year, Ellison responded with an eleventh place in the wet French race - the best result of any CRT rider to date.

The Englishman then came within 2.5sec of Randy de Puniet and a further point in the dry at Catalunya, with former MotoGP rider and PBM British Superbike title contender Shane Byrne then confirming Ellison's technical feedback during the post-race test.

Although improving in the dry, the 31 year old knows the unpredictable weather could play into his hands this weekend.

"Going into my home round and I am proper excited," said Ellison. "We are coming off the back of two really strong races and are improving each time we ride the Aprilia so my confidence is really high right now.

"We have had so much positive support from the fans worldwide and especially in the UK so I'm looking forward to meeting the home crowd at The Day of Champions on Thursday and having my friends and family cheering on the sidelines."

Ellison added: "The weather looks like it could be a bit damp over the weekend but that should only make it more interesting. Hopefully the fans will still come out in force and we really need their support."

Ellison won't be the only PBM rider in action at Silverstone this weekend, with Byrne and Stuart Easton in action aboard their Rapid Solicitors Kawasakis in the two Silverstone 200 support races.

Paul Bird team owner, who took a win at Rally Barbados last weekend, said: "I'm flying back from Barbados earlier than I would normally do straight to Silverstone as the British Grand Prix is very important to the team and we need to continue the recent good results which James has achieved.

"We have made a lot of progress over the past couple of rounds so we should be more competitive at Silverstone whether it's wet or dry. Because it's an historic first home GP for us, we wanted to make an impression so Shakey and Stuart will be out in action too and I'm expecting them to add to the silverware I'm bringing home with me!"


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