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Ellison backed up by Byrne

“It was a big relief because a tiny part of me was thinking 'maybe he gets on the bike, doesn't have a problem and is three seconds faster'. But it turned out he was three seconds slower” – James Ellison.
James Ellison has spoken of his 'relief' after Shane Byrne gave the same verdict regarding the PBM Aprilia's handling problems.

Ellison was publically threatened with replacement by Byrne for round four at Le Mans, after struggling to make progress with chatter problems in the early events.

That didn't happen, but former MotoGP rider Byrne - now a title contender for PBM in British Superbikes - did test Ellison's CRT machine following the recent Catalunya round.

“I'm not going to lie. I wasn't too impressed with the way it was done. But it was good that Shakey was on the bike,” said Ellison at Silverstone on Thursday. “He's a fast rider, very talented and like me he is very analytical with the bike and settings. If there is a problem he can feel the smallest thing.

“He came in, I sat there and it was like listening to my own debrief with the mechanics. Yeah okay, it was a big relief because a tiny part of me was thinking, 'maybe he gets on the bike, doesn't have a problem and is three seconds faster'. But it turned out he was three seconds slower.

“For me it was good, we got a lot of information and he said exactly the same things as me. It is things we can fix. Little tweaks here and there. Hopefully we can make a big difference this weekend.”

Prior to Byrne's test, Ellison had already used the wet weather at Le Mans to take his first points of the season with eleventh place, the best result so far by any CRT rider.

The Englishman then came within a few seconds of Randy de Puniet and the final world championship point in the dry at Catalunya.

“It's not easy. Everybody in the CRT class is fast. You can see the times are always close. There is always going to be a gap between us and the prototype guys, but hopefully we can put on a show for the spectators,” he said.

“The goal for me and the Paul Bird team is to be the top CRT and we've only done it once so far. Home round, crowd behind you and extra push from the fans - we'll try again this weekend.”

Ellison will be riding in his third British Grand Prix on Sunday, six years after his last home grand prix appearance.

“I didn't think it would happen,” he said of his 2012 MotoGP return. “Not many people get a second chance at this level. As soon as I got the news last year it was flat out training and I've put everything into it.

“It's so good to be back. It's an honour. Hopefully we can be here for many years.”

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Oli - Unregistered

June 14, 2012 9:52 PM

I wasn't particularly inspired when I heard Ellison was back in MotoGP. I thought of him as a top six BSB runner but nothing better. I have to say though he has done a very solid job so far this season. If it's wet (which it looks like it will be) he has to be one of the favourite's for the CRT win. Oli


June 15, 2012 8:58 AM

Speaking about going down the pan.. I see News Corp have got their mucky fingers onto Dorna and Sky Italia have the rights over there. How long before us Brits will see MotoGP go the way of F1. There's no way I'll ever give money to that slimy old toad Murdoch.

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