JAMES Ellison is set to hit the roads this season as he makes his debut at the North West 200.
The former MotoGP rider and British Superbike front-runner will pilot a Powerslide Motorcycles Suzuki in the Superbike and Superstock classes for what will be his very first road race.
Ellison, whose latest race action has been in the FIM Endurance World Championship with Maco Yamaha, says his debut comes after years of anticipation and while he may not be eyeing the podium like fellow BSB man and last year’s standout rookie Richard Cooper, the Cumbrian believes the Triangle Circuit will play to his strengths.
“I have wanted to do the North West for many years,” he admitted. I wasn’t able to race there earlier in my career because i was tied up in other race series.
“I’ve talked to a lot of other riders like Richard Cooper and Peter Hickman who have raced the North West and I’m excited to be racing there.
“I am a smooth rider so it should suit my style. It doesn’t faze me that it is a roads circuit with trees and lamp posts, it is still a race circuit with braking markers and apexes you have to make.
“We get plenty of practice time and although I am not expecting to set the world on fire I want to do well and try to run at the front. I know how fast Glenn Irwin, Alastair Seeley and Peter Hickman are so there is plenty of competition and lots of people to beat if I want to get on the podium.”
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