Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 15 Oct 2014
James Ellison will remain with the Lloyds British GBmoto squad for the 2015 British Superbike season as he looks to build on progress made by the team this year.
Ellison fronted GBmoto’s re-jigged effort to run at the front for 2014 and got off to a good start by taking the team’s first ever podiums at Brands Hatch back in April. He continued to show pace with a run of six consecutive podiums before things went drastically wrong for the Cumbrian rider, who broke his leg while challenging for the lead at Brands Hatch in July.
The injury saw Ellison sit out three rounds of the championship and miss out on a spot in the six rider title showdown. He returned to action at Donington Park and after a shaky start, re-found his form last weekend at Silverstone with an impressive podium in the second race.
“We put in a lot of hard work over the winter to get the bikes up to scratch and to get seven podiums from the opening nine rounds was fantastic and one of my best ever starts to a Superbike season” said Ellison. “We were getting stronger with each round and a race win was a certainty in my eyes. We came into almost every round this year completely blind with no settings or prior knowledge and were still able to walk away with podiums, so to return next year with race knowledge will mean we can only be better!
“The injury aside, it has been an awesome year. We’ve all gelled really well and the GBmoto team are incredibly professional but a lot of fun to ride for too. I’ve known Mark for a while and he’s really serious about his racing. When he employed me, he told me he had a five year plan to win the BSB series, I believe up until Brands Hatch we were in a position to do that a year early, so next year we’ll be aiming for nothing less than the title!
“My aim now is to finish the season on a high with some more podiums. I’ve got a score to settle at Brands so will certainly be looking for the win - then it’s going to be a long winter wait until the first round!”