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Ellison in points at Silverstone, makes progress with chatter
18 June 2012
James Ellison scored his second MotoGP World Championship points of the season on home soil at Silverstone.
The PBMUK rider suffered a high-side at the end of morning warm-up, but recovered to finish 14th and earn more coveted points for Paul Bird's CRT outfit after seizing his first points of the season in the wet at Le Mans.
It was a strong ride by the 31-year-old, who qualified in 17th position and began the race from the seventh row of the grid.
“Overall, it's a good, positive result and I'm pleased with scoring more points although the problems we encountered in qualifying didn't help us,” said Ellison.
“It's vitally important to get some fast laps in on new tyres and I have to figure that out myself because the further up the grid we are, the better chance we have in the race.
“We made a big step forward with the electronics this weekend which, in turn, helped the chatter problem so thanks to the team and to Aprilia for working hard on that as it showed in the race,” he added.
“The support this weekend has been amazing and thanks to all the fans and the PBMUK sponsors for that.”
Team owner Bird said he was 'very pleased' with the team's performance in front of the home fans and believes Ellison can challenge the leading CRT riders regularly if he can up his pace in the early stages.
“It was a good solid weekend for James and the PBMUK team and I'm very pleased with how our home Grand Prix went.
“We just need to find a little more speed in the first part of the race and then we'll be regularly challenging the leading CRT riders,” added Bird.
“To see the support we had this weekend blew us away and just goes to show how popular and important a British team is to fans at the British Grand Prix.”
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