James Ellison set for British Superbikes after MotoGP deal comes to end
Last Updated: 19/11/12 1:00pm
James Ellison: Released by Paul Bird Motorsport¿s CRT squad
James Ellison admits he is hugely disappointed to be released by Paul Bird Motorsport's CRT squad and confirmed he may be heading for British Superbikes.
The 31-year-old equalled his career-best result of ninth in two out of the last three races of the MotoGP season but was still not offered a chance to return in 2013.
Ellison told MCN: "It is really gutting and frustrating because I made a really big sacrifice for the last couple of years to have a big push to get into the world championship because I know I can do well.
"So when the CRT class came along it was a bonus being in MotoGP and when the offer from Birdy came it was ideal.
"When we discussed it, it looked like it was for the long-term because I didn't want to just come and do it for one year with my reputation being on the line. I'd taken a lot on and I wanted to do it for a minimum of two years.
"Birdy signed a contract with Dorna for three years and he said he would like to bring a young rider in later on so I was assuming, I'd have one more year.
"I think we've done well. Like everybody has in the first year we have had some ups and downs but I think we have done enough to stay. For whatever reason Paul wants another rider on it."
Ellison says his future is now likely to be in British Superbikes: "I have talked to quite a lot of BSB teams and there are plenty interested but a lot of things have to fall into place.
"To be honest I was probably a bit naïve trying to cling onto the hope that I had something in MotoGP, so I haven't really pushed anywhere else."