FOR the third event in succession, Kendal rider James Ellison scored World Championship points as the Sachsenring circuit in Germany hosted the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Aboard the Claiming Rules Team specification Aprilia ART, the 31-year-old was feeling much better following on from his crash at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone three weeks ago which affected his performance at Assen last week although he did score points on those occasions.

Ellison impressed during Friday’s wet free practice session to set fastest CRT time but couldn’t manage to maintain that pace when it dried out and eventually settled for 15th position to move up a position in the championship standings.

Ellison said: “It was another tough one. We were really consistent on lap times and just 0.9 seconds off the best CRT lap and 2.8 seconds off the fastest lap set by Dani Pedrosa.

“My start was good but because I was so far back on grid, it was always going to be difficult to get away with the leading CRT bikes.”

Paul Bird Motorsport rider Ellison will be back in action this weekend as the series head to Italy for the race at Mugello.