James Ellison’s 2012 MotoGP livery revealed

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The Paul Bird Motorsport squad, which will run James Ellison in the 2012 MotoGP world championship, has shown off a patriotic red, white and blue livery in Jerez.

Bird is determined to make his new MotoGP effort as much of a British effort as possible and the striking livery uses the colours of the Union Jack.

The only major element of Bird’s new CRT project that isn’t British is the Aprilia ART machine that Ellison will campaign in the inaugural 1000cc MotoGP world championship.

As well as Ellison,  all of Bird’s crew are British, led by crew chief Mick Shanley.

He plans to expand to a two-rider effort in 2013 and he told MCN that both riders would be British if he did increase his involvement.

Ellison is poised to take part in the final pre-season test at the Jerez circuit in Spain, which kicks off today (Friday).

The 31-year-old is back in MotoGP for the first time since he rode for the Tech 3 Yamaha squad in 2006.

For seven pages of coverage from the Jerez test, see the March 28 issue of Motor Cycle News.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt