James Ellison has revealed his primary motivation to join the World Supersport Championship this season is part of a bigger plan to make it to the World Superbike Championship.

Ellison, who finished runner-up in the 2009 British Superbike Championship, returned to international competition this year - albeit on Supersport machinery - after penning a deal with Performance Technical Racing (PTR).

Competing under the Bogdanka banner alongside four other PTR-backed riders, Ellison says he opened talks with team manager Simon Buckmaster with a view to being part of its designs of stepping up to World Superbikes.

Though it isn't clear whether PTR will make the jump in 2012 or later, Ellison is eager to seize the chance as and when it comes.

"I started talking to Simon Buckmaster last year and informed him I was interested in coming to ride a Supersport bike, as I heard he had plans to go ahead in World Superbike either next year or the year after," he told Superbike-News.

"He [said] if you can do a year on a Supersport, or even two years, we'd love to have a nice progression onto Superbike, so that's the main reason why I have moved on from BSB.

"It has always been a challenge of mine to do World Superbikes full-time. I've done wild-cards before, so it'd be nice to get out there and do the full championship."

Ellison was set for a podium finish at Donington Park before experiencing mechanical problems on his Honda CBR600RR.



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