James Ellison has joined Shaun Winfield at the TAG Racing Yamaha squad for the 2018 MCE British Superbike championship.

After TAG Racing enjoyed its best-ever BSB campaign this year by finishing second in the riders’ championship with Josh Brookes and third in the teams’ standings, the team has moved early to secure its new rider line-up with Ellison partnering Winfield for 2018.

Former MotoGP rider and BSB runner-up Ellison is relishing his early deal which has enabled a head-start on winter preparations for next year as he starts testing with the team at Donington Park this week on the yellow-liveried TAG Racing Yamaha.

“I’m delighted to agree a deal with Rob and Tracy and the TAG Racing Yamaha team for the up and coming 2018 season, and I can’t wait to get underway,” Ellison said. “Staying on a Yamaha was a big deal for me, I led at some points in the first six rounds of the season and the bike has proven to be a race winner.

“It’s great to be able to agree the deal before Christmas so I am able to focus on the task in hand, the team can develop the bike in certain areas and we can start testing as soon as possible.

“Last year was tough but we showed strong pace and ran at the front every weekend other than Thruxton, but we just threw away too many points with a few crashes and technical DNF’s. My early impressions are that the team are great, they have a great bunch of guys and I can’t wait to get working with them, the family atmosphere was also a big deal for me.”

Ellison has also revealed 2018 will mark his final campaign in BSB and the 37-year-old is aiming to go out on a high as he targets the BSB title.

“It’s going to be my final year in BSB so I want to win it, I want to go out with a bang and give everyone something to cheer,” he said. “My best year was in 2009 on a Yamaha where I finished second, so I’m fully focussed on going one better in 2018 to win my first BSB Championship.”

Winfield, who is preparing for his fourth full year in BSB, is aiming on his own improvements having picked up his first career points in the series in 2017 and is hoping he can build on it next season.

“2017 was a challenging year for me, I had some very big crashes which knocked my confidence slightly but I picked up my first set of points, and I’m aiming to go better in 2018,” Winfield said. “We have the package, I have had another year’s experience under my belt and learnt of my team mate a lot last year, which I will bring into this year.

“Last year was the best we’ve had as a team, and I’m fully focused on delivering a better season in 2018. I can’t wait to get testing again and working on the upgrades we have coming our way.”



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