MotoGP Assen: Ellison rides through the pain for points

Ellison was just beaten to 13th by Rossi, who had pitted for a new tyre
Ellison was just beaten to 13th by Rossi, who had pitted for a new tyre Picture:

PBM Aprilia’s James Ellison had to ride through the pain in yesterday’s Assen MotoGP encounter as the Kendal man is still suffering from the injuries he suffered in a warm-up crash at Silverstone a fortnight ago.

The former BSB star was having to get physio and take painkillers regularly over the race weekend in order to be able to perform anywhere near his best and managed to take home 14h place and a couple of championship points.

"To sum it up bluntly, it was a bad day at the office. I was in a lot of pain from my Silverstone crash and have been getting treatment and painkillers before and after every session but it just proved too difficult in the race, I pushed so hard every lap but was missing apexes and even ran off the track early in the race which put us last," said Ellison.

"I worked hard to fight back and the lighter fuel load was helping but it was all too little too late. To top it off Rossi pipped us on the line by 0.002s to take another point. I’m just gutted for the whole team and Aprilia as they worked hard to give me a good bike and I’m sorry that I couldn’t capitalise on getting more points. I’ll be working hard to get fit for Germany and make up for this weekend."

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