James Ellison will remain with Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki for the 2015 MCE British Superbike season, after signing an extension to his contract to remain with the team for next season.
Switching from Yamaha to Kawasaki machinery as the team also changed from Honda to the green machines, Ellison, with the help of veteran teammate Chris Walker, was able to make an impressive start to the season, taking an almost 100% podium record before a crash at brands hatch in July left him with a badly broken leg.
However, the former Endurance World Champion returned to the podium at Silverstone last time out, and is looking to make a strong finish to the season at Brands Hatch this weekend before beginning an extensive off-season testing programme.
“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!”
Team principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen added: “I’m incredibly proud and pleased that we have been able to re-sign James Ellison for 2015. Last year, I had no doubt that our GBmoto ZX-10R Superbikes would be fast and well sorted, but James still showed a lot of faith in the team at the beginning that we would give him a package to be competitive on.”
“The entire team worked tirelessly last winter to plan and prepare our race bikes and I think we proved, that the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki team were genuine title contenders in the opening round, taking three podiums at Brands Hatch. With seven podiums from the opening nine races, there was no doubt in our minds that James was going to be a Title Fighter but unfortunately one crash wrecked his entire season.”