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Ilmor: "Don't expect too much in these two races"

Ilmor: 'Don't expect too much in these two races'

Ilmor: "Don't expect too much in these two races"

More light was shed on one of the most exciting MotoGP stories of the year this afternoon, when the Ilmor team held a press conference and unveiled the bike with which they will make their World Championship debut in the final two races of 2006. The press room at the Estoril Circuit was packed with journalists and members of rival teams, as they heard from the men behind the daring project: Mario Illien, Eskil Suter, Steve Miller and Garry McCoy. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, also commented on the project.

Illien in particular seemed excited about the challenge ahead, but warned "don't expect too much from us in these two races". He also made public plans to have two riders on the grid next year, depending on sponsorship deals that have yet to be finalised.

Suter also played down the interest expressed in the Ilmor team, adding that he was flattered that so many people had attended but that Portugal and Valencia were "more like a test".

McCoy, the experienced Australian who won in Portugal six years ago in the premier class, will be key to the team's development in the final races of the 2006 season. The veteran is well aware that they face a disadvantage as a result of their bike only being an 800cc model, saying that he was treating it as completely different to his previous rides and that he was hoping to "get the bike up to where we are looking at putting it".

The moment of truth for Ilmor will be tomorrow's opening practice for the Grande Premio de Portugal.


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