FINAL DAY AT QATAR FOR ILMOR MOTOGP

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Qatar Test - Day Three Losail, Qatar 15.02.07: Ilmor GP end the Middle East test on a positive note after making some further changes to the bikes set-up today. Jeremy McWilliams was back out on track following an enforced rest day yesterday after sustaining an injury to a muscle in his left leg on Tuesday. Both McWilliams and Pitt started the day strongly as the team continue to adjust the bikes … [Read more...]

ILMOR MOTOGP MAKE PROGRESS

As Jeremy McWilliams made his return to the race track today in Qatar, Ilmor GP enjoyed a good day at the Middle East circuit clocking up a total of 68 laps (Pitt 50, McWilliams 18) of the 5.38km track. McWilliams resumed testing duties on the Ilmor GP with Australian team mate Andrew Pitt, for both the main focus of the test is to increase the steady progress being made on the bikes overall … [Read more...]

SLIMFAST TO ENTER MOTOGP?

There has been a lot of talk recently of MotoGP riders slimming to suit their reduced capacity bikes. There are a current crop of pintsized riders that are extremely quick, ergo, the pervading logic seems, you now have to be really light to compete. It is more the case that racers face great uncertainty with the capacity change and want to be seen to be doing all they can in response to change. … [Read more...]

ILMOR MOTOGP SEPANG TEST

Following the success of the recent test in Almeria, where despite being hampered by bad weather the team made significant progress, Ilmor GP had high hopes for the test in Sepang where they joined the likes of Kawasaki and Yamaha out on the track. Whilst prioritising further work on the engine calibration over the test the team also undertook an important tyre test with new supplier … [Read more...]

DUCATI BOWS TO BAYLISS

FORMER world superbike champion Neil Hodgson has accused current titleholder Troy Bayliss of shutting him out of the Ducati team. Hodgson has no ride next year and believes the Australian has used his influence with Ducati to ensure he is overlooked.   The Briton won the world superbike crown for Ducati in 2003 and moved up to the elite MotoGP series. His two-year spell was a disaster … [Read more...]

CONSTRUCTIVE TEST FOR RIZLA MOTOGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has completed the second test of the 2007 season at Phillip Island in Australia, having accumulated large volumes of important data for the forthcoming season. Chris Vermeulen shaved nearly two seconds off his lap-times over the three days and completed his fastest ever lap of the circuit, with a 1’30.30, during his 79 laps today. The Australian star was returning to … [Read more...]

ILMOR MOTOGP ANNOUNCE RIDERS FOR 2007

Northampton 18.12.06: Ending months of speculation, Mario Illien, Ilmor GP Team Owner today announced that Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt will make up the Ilmor 2007 MotoGP line up. Despite his crash in Jerez back in November where he suffered a fractured left femur McWilliams is well on the way to recovery, both he and ex-Kawasaki rider Pitt spent time today at the teams engineering … [Read more...]

SHAKEY BYRNE SIGNS FOR STOBART HONDA

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After weeks of speculation, Paul Bird Motorsport is pleased to announce that Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Tom Sykes are the two riders to contest the 2007 British Superbike Championship for the Stobart Honda team. Following two seasons in MotoGP followed by a year back in BSB in 2006, 29 year old Byrne, originally from Sittingbourne in Kent but now resident in Zurich, rejoins the team that took … [Read more...]

CAMEL AND YAMAHA MOTOGP PART

Following Camel’s recent announcement, Yamaha Factory Racing would like to express its thanks to Camel and Japan Tobacco International for their partnership and support over the 2006 MotoGP season.   Our thanks go out to all those involved in the project; they have formed an important part of our team over the past year.   It has been a great honour for Yamaha to work with … [Read more...]

CAMEL AND YAMAHA MOTOGP PART

Following Camel’s recent announcement, Yamaha Factory Racing would like to express its thanks to Camel and Japan Tobacco International for their partnership and support over the 2006 MotoGP season.   Our thanks go out to all those involved in the project; they have formed an important part of our team over the past year.   It has been a great honour for Yamaha to work with … [Read more...]