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British pair on hold

British pair on hold

British pair on hold

British MotoGP riders Jeremy McWilliams and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne are still waiting to hear if they will be riding for Aprilia in the MotoGP World Championship next season.

McWilliams, who had a plate removed from the collarbone he broke at Donington Park in 2001 on Thursday, and Byrne both rode for the MS Aprilia team last season. Aprilia have recently been bought by Piaggio but the decision whether they will continue racing in the MotoGP class has yet to be announced.

"I should be used to the uncertainty at this time of the year by now," said McWilliams, who had special dispensation from Aprilia to test the KTM powered Proton KR machine in Valencia before the two month testing ban started last week.

"I want to stay in MotoGP. Hopefully that's where I will be although I do have other options."

Byrne is also waiting on the Aprilia decision after testing their updated 2004 machine at Jerez a couple of weeks ago. The former British Superbike Champion flew out for a holiday in Mauritius last week as his representatives tried to secure a deal to keep him in MotoGP, either at Aprilia or elsewhere, with an option to return to his old team in BSB also on the table.

"I want to hang out for the MotoGP things as long as I can but if that doesn't happen then there's the possibility to go back to my old team, who I know and get on with," explained Byrne.

"The whole thing would be fine for me but MotoGP is where I really want to be and if everything goes right over the next few days then that's where I'll stay."

MotoGP, 2004

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