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BSB's Ellison joins Winfield at Tag Racing for 2018 season

Tuesday, October 24 2017

TAG Racing has announced race winner James Ellison and Shaun Winfield will join the team for the 2018 British Superbike season, as the team sets it sights on winning the title.

After achieving a career best result in the Championship two weeks ago, picking up second place in the 2017 standings, and third in the team Championship, the TAG Racing Yamaha team have finalised plans for the forthcoming campaign.

Ellison endured a tough and frustrating 2017, where he failed to secure his place in the Showdown after a year of bad luck plagued the midlands based contender.

Ellison will team up with Winfield, as he stays with the team for his fourth full year in the premier class, and the 24-year-old is fully focused to pushing himself further up the grid in 2018.

Winfield picked up his career first points in the Superbike class, but has his eyes firmly set on finishing consistently in the top 15, and he aims to string together a career best season result.

Upgrades are coming thick and fast for the Derbyshire based outfit and their winter testing plans are being penned in as they aim to go one better, and win the Championship title. 

Ellison said: "I'm delighted to agree a deal with Rob and Tracy and the TAG Racing Yamaha team for the up and coming 2018 season, and I can't wait to get underway. Staying on a Yamaha was a big deal for me, I led at some points in the first six rounds of the season and the bike has proven to be a race winner.

"It's going to be my final year in BSB so I want to win it, I want to go out with a bang and give everyone something to cheer. My best year was in 2009 on a Yamaha where I finished second, so I'm fully focussed on going one better in 2018 to win my first BSB Championship."

Winfield added: "I'm delighted to be staying in BSB for 2018, it's going to be my fourth full year in the Superbike class and I'm fully focussed on once again improving. Last year was the best we've had as a team, and I'm fully focused on delivering a better season in 2018."

Team Owner Rob Winfield concluded: "We're delighted to announce our rider line up for 2018 so early, this means we can focus on the upgrades we have coming our way.

"Firstly, I want to place on record my thanks to Josh Brookes and the work he did last season, and we would like to wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do in the future. I'm delighted to be able to welcome James to the team, he's shown a lot of interest in the programme we have in place here, and he's determined to help us to go one better for 2018."

The team will now test today (25 October) at Donington Park to kick off their 2018 test schedule.

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