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Matthew Birt  says:

James Ellison: “I need to be thrown in at deep end”

James Ellison says he’s ready to be thrown in at the deep end in Jerez this weekend when he takes to the track with the likes of Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for the first time since returning to the MotoGP world championship. The Paul Bird Motorsport rider is desperate to get in vital miles on the new Aprilia...

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Jun 05

Posts: 26

kev2905 says:


Just needs some mirrors fitted so he knows when to move out of the way!

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Oct 11

Posts: 617

revnev7 says:


          I hope they`ve got plenty of spare seat`s.

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Oct 04

Posts: 98

slickhillsy says:


Loving the support coming from the bunch of ' I've never given it a go but can sit in my arm chair and moan' twats posted below!

James is doing a sterling job on ever improving kit and flying the flag in the process!

I say go for it Jimmy!

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Aug 09

Posts: 217

Come on James

Big fan of Ellison's. He's had some really bad luck over the years, I recon he will surprise a few this year and hopefully we'll see him running with Edwards and DePuniet after a few rounds.

Apparently he is a master of bike set-up, I'm sure that's why Paul Bird has brought him in.

Ring it' neck James

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Jul 08

Posts: 19

gasgas280 says:

Under rated

I think James is seriously under rated as a rider. Afterall MotoGP teams don't just hand rides out willy nilly!

I will be cheering him on even if he is near the back due to the uncompetitive bike!


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Jul 08

Posts: 1573

jamieg999 says:

I'd like to see James Ellison do well

But, I just can't see it. He's not as good as Crutchlow for a start, so, to be honest, what's the point? His career doesn't need the negative aspects that not achieving much will bring especially when he could've stayed in Blightly and had a pretty solid end to his career. WSB might have been more realistic. The point to a race is to win it, the taking part bit is for those that don't win very often. Obviously not everyone can win but to turn up knowing you can't win isn't in the spirit of the "competition".

MotoGP should be all the fastest lads around who have proved it by winning stuff on the way. Ideally relevant stuff like the next class championship down the scale or regular wins, podiums and the like in other championships.

As I said before the quality of the riders is as much an issue as the cost of the bike and that people don't see the link is baffling. Casey Stoner is fast on a good bike so to beat him he'll either have to suffer issues that reduce either element or be beaten by a faster rider and/or better bike. That's the game, James Ellison wouldn't have featured in my formula before to beat Stoner, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Rossi and co and now that he's in the championship he definitely doesn't, unless many crazy things happen on the way.

So, like I say, what's the point? For those of us who advocate a bit of youth I'd have gone for Bradley Smith long before James Ellison and probably Scott Redding and maybe even Gino. I'd put Chaz Davies on it before Ellison too and a Laverty. The more I think the more I reckon Ellison would just about make the top 10 British candidates for a CRT MotoGP ride based on talent.


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Aug 09

Posts: 75

alisdairm says:

When's the last time time a non-works bike won a race? 2005/6?

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Sep 11

Posts: 2289

YamahaGYTR says:

When's the last time time a non-works bike won a race? 2005/6?

Marco Melandri last non works rider to win a race.

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Sink or swim...


If being thrown in at the deep end don't work then the Birdy hairdryer treatment will be evoked. Sticking with the water based metaphores it will be sink or swim.


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Oct 07

Posts: 1306

hugelean says:

Randy's twin seat ducatis just been passed as a crt providing he has a passenger of some note or a guy in a chicken suit doing it for charity... Will test at Jerz with passenger.. JE will have some competition and not just for daftest hair since O Fenomeno's 2002 spesh..

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