Ellison and Laverty join Yamaha for 2017 MCE BSB title fight
James Ellison and Michael Laverty will unite in 2017 on the MCE Insurance British Superbike grid, riding for McAMS Yamaha.
McAMS have been part of the paddock for a number of years in the Supersport class, 2017 will be the first time they will take part in the premier class with a new partnership with Team Traction Control.
Ellison has had previous success on Yamaha machinery with a second place finish in the 2009 Championship fight and a fourth place position in the 2013 title race. The rider will aiming at a smooth switch from Kawasaki to Yamaha machinery and will be hoping to contend for the 2017 title.
Laverty will switch from BMW machinery as he joins McAMS Yamaha, he has had previous experience with Yamaha and will be hoping for both a showdown spot, which he narrowly missed out on in 2016, as well as to fight for the title alongside his teammate.
Ellison said: 'This is a new challenge for me. I have raced with Kawasaki for three years and now to return to Yamaha is something I am really excited about. I feel that the Yamaha suits my style and we finished second together in the 2009 season so we have good memories to build on. We all know how strong the series is so I had to go for what I thought was a championship-winning package and I strongly believe that the TTC Team with the might of Yamaha behind them is exactly what I need to deliver the Title.'
Laverty said: 'The MCE BSB is currently tougher than ever, I believe I have put myself in a fantastic position ahead of the 2017 season on one of the 'plum' seats. Shakey and Leon Haslam were the top dogs in 2016; they remain on the same machinery next season so it is fair to assume they will again be the guys to beat. I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead.
'We want to be aiming for that level from the start of the season; I am looking forward to the change and as a team we will be doing everything possible over the winter to come out and hit the ground running to fight for podiums from the opening round.'
19.11.2016 - Big Ed