El­li­son gives it one more go

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This year was sup­posed to be his British Su­per­bike swan­song, but af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son James El­li­son will re­turn to the se­ries next year in one last ef­fort to clinch the cov­eted crown. The Cum­brian will join forces with Peter Hick­man in the Smiths Rac­ing ef­fort to race the all-new BMW S1000RR as he looks to re­turn to the sharp end af­ter a chal­leng­ing sea­son with TAG Yamaha. “When I said that 2018 would be my last year, I was ex­pect­ing a

‘I didn’t want to be re­mem­bered for run­ning around mid-pack’

proper ti­tle chal­lenge,” El­li­son told MCN. “That’s what I ex­pected and that’s what the TAG Yamaha team ex­pected too, but things didn’t seem to click for us af­ter round one and we couldn’t get any grip out of the bike. “I didn’t want to be re­mem­bered as some­one who runs around mid­pack, so I de­cided if I could find the right deal I’d come back for an­other year. I re­ally like the look of the new BMW, it seems that the bike isn’t as ag­gres­sive as the old one and I think it’ll suit me. It’s im­por­tant to be join­ing Hicky. He wants some­one that he can work with to de­velop the bike while also push­ing him on track.”

One more year for El­li­son as he joins up with Hick­man

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