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Jeremy McWilliams enjoying Barcelona despite test setback

Jeremy McWilliams enjoying Barcelona despite test setback

Jeremy McWilliams enjoying Barcelona despite test setback

We came over to Barcelona this weekend hoping to run our four-stroke, but as you know it is behind schedule and we ended up wheeling the two-strokes out. It was good to get back on a race bike for the first time this winter, but there was very little for us to do. We tested a couple of tyres, went faster than we had ever gone at Catalunya with the triple – our best lap was a 1´45.9 - and after that all we could do was watch the other guys out there on their new four-strokes.

It will be a similar scenario for the MotoGP Winter Test here this weekend, and I have to admit it is a very frustrating situation. We have literally nothing to test and it would just be a case of getting some laps under my belt before Suzuka, by which time we should at last have the V5. It is very close to completion but lots of small problems keep cropping up, so hopefully they can be ironed out as soon as possible because it was hard enough riding the two-stroke last year and I don´t want to have to go through that again.

In the meantime I am doing my best to enjoy the sunshine, playing some golf with Kenny Roberts Jr. and Johan Stigefelt, who both live near to the track. Those guys love sport – they are up at 7:30 in the morning playing squash or going to the gym, but I am lucky that I am naturally quite fit and can get a few extra hours in bed. I don´t have too many friends on the track, it is hard to be nice to someone when you´re going to be elbowing him at 200mph the next day, but me and Kenny get on really well.

I´m sure he won´t be doing me any favours this weekend though, because it promises to be a very competitive test. I don´t think I´ll be challenging Valentino for the BMW but as always I´ll go out there and compete as well as I can and just hope we can get our V5 on track before the season starts.

MotoGP, 2003

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