James Ellison (motorcycle racer)

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James Ellison
James Ellison Airwaves Yamaha Team 2009 BSB.jpg
James Ellison signing autographs during the 2009 BSB championship at Snetterton
Nationality English
Born (1980-09-19) 19 September 1980 (age 36)
Lancaster, Lancashire
Current team McAMS Yamaha
Bike number 77
Website www.jamesellison.co.uk

James Desmond Ellison (born 19 September 1980 in Lancaster) is an English motorcycle racer. In 2017, he wil compete British Superbike Championship series, aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1.

After racing during 2013 with Milwaukee Yamaha run by Shaun Muir Racing in British Superbikes, for 2014 Ellison joined Lloyds British GBmoto team, and rode a Kawasaki ZX-10R alongside veteran Chris Walker.[1]

Ellison is a double European Superstock champion, World Endurance champion and has previously participated in World Supersport, MotoGP, and the American AMA Superbike series. His brother Dean is a former motorcycle racer.

Early years[edit]

Ellison started racing motorcycles at the age of 15, riding 80 cc machines. After racing in junior championships such as Superteen, he entered the European Superstock series in 1999, winning the title in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, he raced in the Supersport World Championship, before winning the Endurance World Championship in 2003.

British Superbike Championship 2004[edit]

For 2004, Ellison switched to the British Superbike Championship. He rode a Yamaha YZF-R1 for the privateer Jentin team. He finished 11th overall, and won the privateer cup for independent riders. As well as the British Superbike Championship season, he received two wild-card entries in the Superbike World Championship, at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Notably, Ellison finished fifth in the second of two races at Brands Hatch.

Towards the end of 2004, Ellison was asked to race for the WCM MotoGP team after their regular rider, Chris Burns, was injured. He finished 13th at Qatar, and the team signed him for the full 2005 season.

MotoGP 2005–2006[edit]

James Ellison at the 2005 British motorcycle Grand Prix

In 2005, he scored seven points whilst riding an underpowered bike,[2] but impressed with his attitude and ability.[2]

For 2006 he switched to the Tech 3 Yamaha team. At Philip Island he made history as the first rider to switch bikes mid-race, onto a bike with wet weather tyres. He later finished 16th and out of the points-scoring positions. He said that he was "disappointed" with the balance of the Yamaha M1 bike that season,[3] and that his bike lacked a chassis modification to cure chatter, which the three other Yamaha riders had been riding.[4]

AMA 2007[edit]

Ellison's contract with Tech 3 Yamaha was not renewed for following season.[5] He then made the move across the pond and raced in AMA Superbike in the United States for the Corona Honda team in 2007. He had a best finish of 5th at the wet Daytona circuit, in what was a difficult season in the AMA.[6]

British Superbike championship 2008–2010[edit]

Ellison returned to British Superbikes for 2008, with the Hydrex Bike Animal team[7] He took his first ever BSB podium in race 2 of round 2 at Oulton Park.[8] After finishing the season with a podium finish at Brands Hatch on 12 October 2008, Ellison announced that he would be leaving the Hydrex Bike Animal team,[9] and three days later, it was announced that Ellison has signed a contract with GSE Racing to ride their Yamaha YZF-R1 for the 2009 season.[10] He took his first career win in round 3 of the series at Donington Park.

At the end of 2009, the title sponsor of GSE Racing, Wrigleys UK, opted not renew their backing of the team. After failing to find an alternative backer, GSE Racing pulled out of the championship,[11] leaving Ellison without a ride for the 2010 British Superbike Championship. On 7 February, Ellison confirmed that he had agreed a contract with the Swan Honda team to ride in the 2010 championship.[12] Ellison's season was closely documented in the film I, Superbiker.

Personal life[edit]

During his time in AMA, while attending Texan Ben Spies' birthday party, James met Dallas-area native & Texas Tech University graduate Sarah. The couple married at The Venetian Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, in January 2009. Their first child Ryder Jace Ellison (a boy) was born 20 November 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

1996– 125 Clubman's Champion

1998– CB 500 Champion

2000– European Superstock Champion – Honda

2001– European Superstock Champion – Suzuki

2003– World Endurance Champion

−3rd in European Superstocks

−4th place Suzuka 8hr (1st in class)

-Cumbria Sports Personality of the year

2004– BSB Privateer's Champion

2009– BSB Championship 2nd

2010– BSB Rider's Cup Champion

2011– WSS Championship 7th

2012– MotoGP Championship 16th (4th CRT)

All Time[edit]

Series Years active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast Laps Titles
British Superbike (BSB) 2008–2011 80 0 25 6 9 10 6 0
World Superbike (SBK) 2004, 2008, 2009 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Moto GP 2004–06, 2012 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
World Supersport 2011 12 0 2 0 1 1 2 0

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
1999 Honda RSA GBR SPA ITA GER SMR USA
Ret
EUR AUT NED GER NC 0
2000 Honda AUS JPN GBR ITA GER SMR SPA EUR
23
NED
15
GER
11
GBR 33rd 6
2002 Kawasaki SPA
15
AUS
15
RSA
Ret
JPN
13
ITA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
SMR
17
GBR
13
GER
9
NED
16
ITA
11
20th 20
2011 Honda AUS
6
EUR
Ret
NED
7
ITA
16
SMR
7
SPA
Ret
CZE
8
GBR
10
GER
2
ITA
6
FRA
5
POR
3
7th 99

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2004 Yamaha SPA SPA AUS AUS SMR SMR ITA ITA GER GER GBR
Ret
GBR
7
USA USA EUR
6
EUR
5
NED NED ITA ITA FRA FRA 19th 30
2008 Honda QAT QAT AUS AUS SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA USA USA GER GER SMR SMR CZE CZE GBR GBR EUR
10
EUR
4
ITA ITA FRA FRA POR POR 25th 19
2009 Yamaha AUS AUS QAT QAT SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA RSA RSA USA USA SMR SMR GBR
Ret
GBR
8
CZE CZE GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA POR POR 31st 8

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2004 MotoGP Harris WCM RSA ESP FRA ITA CAT NED BRA GER GBR CZE
Ret
POR
16
JPN QAT
13
MAL
18
AUS
22
VAL
19
26th 3
2005 MotoGP Blata SPA
16
POR
15
CHN
13
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
18
NED
19
USA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
19
JPN
DNS
MAL
Ret
QAT
15
AUS
14
TUR
18
VAL
Ret
23rd 7
2006 MotoGP Yamaha SPA
16
QAT
13
TUR
18
CHN
16
FRA
14
ITA
16
CAT
9
NED
Ret
GBR
14
GER
13
USA
13
CZE
17
MAL
16
AUS
16
JPN
15
POR
13
VAL
14
18th 26
2012 MotoGP ART QAT
18
SPA
Ret
POR
Ret
FRA
11
CAT
16
GBR
14
NED
14
GER
15
ITA
14
USA
Ret
IND
15
CZE
15
RSM
13
ARA
14
JPN
14
MAL
9
AUS
Ret
VAL
9
16th 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Bennetts News, racing Retrieved 26 November 2013
  2. ^ a b "Profiles > James Ellison". Crash.net. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "James Ellison's MotoGP column – 06/09/06". bbc.co.uk. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "James Ellison's MotoGP column – 15/08/06". bbc.co.uk. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "Briton Ellison dropped by Tech 3 – 31/10/06". bbc.co.uk. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  6. ^ "Interview with James Ellison". SuperbikePlanet.com. Retrieved 13 December 2006. 
  7. ^ "James Ellison back in British Superbikes". SuperbikePlanet.com. Retrieved 12 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Byrne bounces back for double". Crash.net. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ellison confirms Hydrex Honda departure". Insidebikes. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "GSE confirm Ellison to replace Byrne". Insidebikes. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "GSE Racing Quit BSB". Insidebikes. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ellison secures ride with Swan Honda". Insidebikes. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 

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