James Ellison takes CRT victory

Ellison beats Ben Spies on the way to finishing as the top CRT rider

BRITISH CRT rider James Ellison took a victory in the CRT class after finishing 11th in the wet French GP.

Ellison brought the all-British team a high after retiring out of the last two GPs, taking some prototype 'scalps' along the way as the 31-year-old from Kendal finished ahead of Ben Spies on the factory Yamaha.

He said: "It was a tough race and I'm just glad to get one for the team and I'd just like to say thanks to all my sponsors who have supported me and to the team who have done a fantastic job. I'm really looking forward to the next round and hope we can build on this result."

Team owner, Paul Bird added: "James rode a brilliant race and not only did he beat a couple of prototypes, including an ex World Champion Ben Spies on the factory Yamaha, his lap times were similar to them. The team has worked so hard and this is just what they deserved.

"I never thought we'd be sharing the parc ferme with the likes of Lorenzo, Stoner and Rossi but it just goes to show what can be achieved. We needed to sit down and work out a plan after Estoril, which we did, and it has worked so we now are all looking forward to Catalunya."