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PBM 'smile' at Ellison penalty

“If a 40-year-old coming towards the end of his career wants an additional one place GP finish on his CV so badly, then he's welcome to it”- Paul Bird.
PBM's James Ellison dropped from 14th to 15th in Sunday's Indianapolis MotoGP classification following a post-race protest by the Attack Performance team, which was running Steve Rapp as a wild-card entry.

Ellison had dropped to the back of the field after gearbox problems early in the race, then ran off track on several more occasions due to the same issue.

It was during one of those moments, on lap 24 of 27, that Ellison gained a small advantage - setting what would be the tenth fastest lap of the grand prix, 0.3s under the next best lap by a CRT rider.

"As I went into Turn 1 on lap three, there was a problem with the gearbox which caused me to run off the track losing nearly 20 seconds and putting me dead last by a long way," Ellison explained.

"I fought so hard to get back in the points and the problem reoccurred two more times with the same outcome, only the third time it happened, it caused me to cut the track and accidently gain a 1.6 second advantage.

"I didn't really think a lot of it given I had lost so much time and was delighted to have finished 14th in the race but a protest was put in by the rider I beat which was upheld and put us down to 15th."

The official decision confirmed 'Rider #77 Ellison has been demoted 1 position by Race Direction for shortcuting the track (art. 1.21.3)'.

"I think it was a bit harsh as we lost over 20 seconds with the other two excursions and if you ask me, it was just bad sportsmanship and I was very disappointed that we didn't get the additional point we worked so hard for," continued Ellison.

"I have raced against Steve Rapp in AMA and have a lot of respect for him and his Attack team so am disappointed they resorted to this."

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M1M - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 1:39 AM

Shameful behaviour by Rapp. Why don't they have blue flags in the US? As Lorenzo says, he wasn't fighting for position so his behaviour was inexcusahle. Edwards looked over his shoulder and behaved as an experienced professional racer should, moving over safely to let Lorenzo through. On a dangerously slippery track there was only one line through the infield and lorenzo couldn't afford the risk that Rapp would try to pull some stupid hero move to dice with him despite being a lap down. Someone suggested elsewhere that he might have thought that it was Ellison behind him but the bikes sound very different. Edwards heard OK. Was he so arrogant he thought he wouldn't be lapped at some point or had he just not bothered to "do the math".

roadking03 - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 8:11 AM

My hats off to Ellison for staying in the race and making up 20 seconds to the final end of the race...With the lap times he was putting in, he would of passed Rapp by the end of the race without cutting the corner...and just so you know I am american.... Hope you get the gearbox issue corrected...

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