Ellison confirms MotoGP return, Aprilia engine

James Ellison to ride for Paul Bird Motorsports in MotoGP next year.
Ellison, German WSS Race 2011
Ellison, German WSS Race 2011
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Former WCM and Tech 3 MotoGP rider James Ellison will return to grand prix riding a CRT bike for the Paul Bird Motorsports team (as rumoured last week as rumoured last week ).

"Well the cats out the bag now... Sorry to those I couldn't tell b4, it was hard not to shout it from the top of a roof!! I'm so excited! #77" Ellison wrote on his Twitter page.

The 31-year-old Englishman, who raced in BSB and WSS this season, also revealed that the team will use an Aprilia engine, despite PBM racing with Kawasakis in BSB next year.

"Aprilia... only people guessing it was a Kwak, but that's completely false."

Ellison's best MotoGP finish was ninth on a Dunlop-shod Tech 3 Yamaha at the 2006 Catalan Grand Prix.

He finished seventh in WSS this year, with two podiums.

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