Ellison: “Now I feel like I’m a part of the championship”
The surprise leader at the start of Sunday’s Qualifying Practice at the Official Test in Catalunya, James Ellison could have seen himself driving home in a brand new BMW Z4 M Roadster. However it wasn’t to be, and the car would eventually go to Yamaha’s Colin Edwards, with Ellison still having much to be proud of in the session.
“I’m a bit disappointed with the final position, as we were going well straight away and were around four seconds ahead. I was feeling confident from the first lap, and I pushed harder but obviously not hard enough,” said Cumbria’s finest in an exclusive interview with motogp.com.
Whilst unhappy at not being able to win the car, which he had planned to give to his parents, Ellison couldn’t fail to see the positive side of the result.
“Now I really feel like I’m a part of the championship. Before I was just riding round at the back, a little separate. This performance has given me the confidence to be right up there with the contenders.”