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Ellison to replace Burns on Harris WCM at Brno

Ellison to replace Burns on Harris WCM at Brno

Ellison to replace Burns on Harris WCM at Brno

British Superbike rider James Ellison is set to make his MotoGP debut at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky this weekend after being confirmed as a replacement for the injured Chris Burns on the Harris WCM. The 23 year old currently leads the Privateer Cup in the BSB series on his Jentin Racing Yamaha and the team have sportingly released Ellison to take part at Brno.

Ellison won the European Superstock Championship in 2000 and 2001 with two and four wins respectively, so has a similar background to WCM's other rider Michel Fabrizio, who was European Superstock Champion in 2003. Ellison in fact raced against Fabrizio in that championship so the pair already know each other.

However, it was a stunning effort in the World Superbike round at Brands Hatch two weeks ago that propelled Ellison into the limelight, the youngster taking fifth and sixth place finishes over the two races and recording the best performance by a British rider at the event.

Burns was injured when he fell during practice for the Cinzano British Grand Prix at Donington Park and broke his scaphoid but hopes that another two week's rest will see him fit for the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal at Estoril.


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