Sonoma, CA
May 20th, 2007












James Ellison, riding his Corona Extra Honda Racing CBR1000RR SuperBike, put in two excellent rides this past weekend at the Infineon AMA SuperBike double header posting ninth in race one and eighth in race two!

In James’ first race event at the very technical and challenging Infineon track he quickly started to get on the pace and up to speed in practice. He qualified fourteenth, not quite as good as he had hoped but still well within striking distance of all the top factory teams. After qualifying James said, “We are still chasing the best setup but are getting close. The bike is really good. I’ve just got to nail down some corners to make up time!”

In race one, held under very sunny but blustery conditions, James made up several positions after his customary good start. But, as in prior races, his grid position meant getting past riders took time and James lost touch with the lead group and was not able to chase them down. The rest of his race was uneventful spending much of it on his own having broken away from both Factory MV Augustas and Aaron Yates on the Jordan Suzuki. James brought his Honda CBR 1000RR home in a lonely ninth position well ahead of tenth.

In race two, this time held in very windy conditions, James got an excellent start and was in with the lead group for the first critical laps. He had a number of great dices as he moved up the field. By lap eighteen he had a 5 second deficit to seventh place Eric Bostrom on the factory Yamaha. He made up the time by lap 25 and set about working to get around Eric. Though he tried a number of passes, he was not able to get past and settled for eighth, his best finish so far, by a bike length at the line. James said after the race, “It was a great race. The bike was working well and was really fast. Eric was really good on the brakes and this track is a passing-under-brakes place. There aren’t a lot of chances to get by otherwise!”

Ellison is currently tenth in the SuperBike Championship points order.

In other news, Speed Channel installed a camera on James’ bike for the second SuperBike race. Viewers will see the field behind him with the rear-facing view. Speed also did a segment piece on James and his crew - look for the Team on the race broadcast and reruns.

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