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MotoGP Assen: Pace on new tyres crucial for Ellison



Ellison, pictured with wife Sarah, needs more pace on new rubber
Ellison, pictured with wife Sarah, needs more pace on new rubber

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PBM Aprilia's James Ellison will try to find more pace when his Bridgestone tyres are brand new in order to improve his qualifying position and speed over the first three laps of this weekend's Assen MotoGP round.

The Kendal man has made big strides with the ART's traction control and engine mapping setup over the past three races but says that getting the most out of boxfresh rubber is crucial to upping his game in the blue riband series.

"We are hoping the improvements in mapping and traction control we made for the Silverstone race will carry on to Assen. We have had a run of really solid results but I know there is a lot more to come from both the settings and from myself," said Ellison.

"I need to get more out of the tyres when they are new to improve our grid position and also our position on the first couple of laps which are so critical. That's what I will be focusing on this weekend as our race pace is strong after lap three. Assen was my first international win back in 2000 so I have fond memories and I can't wait to get out on track."

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