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Ellison targets early race improvements
27 June 2012
James Ellison, who scored his first dry points of the season in front of his home fans at Silverstone, is targeting better pace on new tyres heading into this weekend's seventh round at Assen.
The PBM Aprilia rider's 14th in place in Briton added to a wet eleventh at Le Mans and the Englishman hopes recent progress with the electronics will carry over to the Dutch event.
"We are hoping the improvements in mapping and traction control we made for the Silverstone race will carry on to Assen,” he said. “We have had a run of really solid results but I know there is a lot more to come from both the settings and from myself.
“I need to get more out of the tyres when they are new to improve our grid position and also our position on the first couple of laps which are so critical. That's what I will be focusing on this weekend as our race pace is strong after lap three.
“Assen was my first international win back in 2000 so I have fond memories and I can't wait to get out on track!"
Ellison is presently 15th in the championship, 13 points behind CRT leader Aleix Espargaro, but only four points from the Spaniard's team-mate Randy de Puniet.
"James rode really well at Silverstone and I was delighted for him and the team but we all know we still have an awful lot of work to do,” said team owner Paul Bird.
“We are now making steady progress and with the help of Aprilia, I'm confident we can start regularly challenging the top riders in CRT.
“Another strong result is what we are looking for this weekend and if James can get away with them from the start, then there's no reason why we can't be up there again."