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Ilmor test in Almeria with Pitt

Ilmor test in Almeria with Pitt

Having previously announced that they would abstain from testing until the second Sepang test next week, Ilmor undertook a brief run-out on their 800cc bike this past weekend at the Spanish circuit of Almeria.

Having previously announced that they would abstain from testing until the second Sepang test next week, Ilmor undertook a brief run-out on their 800cc bike this past weekend at the Spanish circuit of Almeria.

The team have been working hard since the November test in Jerez to improve the engine calibration and further increase the bikes control and rideability and, although the test was hit by uncharacteristically bad weather, this weekend demonstrated that the team had made a positive step forward as Australian rider Andrew Pitt put the bike through it's paces amidst the unusual snow ridden setting.

Andrew Pitt was the only rider on track in Spain, with team-mate Jeremy McWilliams predicted to make his return to action at the Official Test in Qatar next month after undergoing surgery on his leg. Pitt was happy with the progress made, despite his understandable caution riding in such extreme meteorological conditions.

"It was an unusual test for me, it was snowing as I was out on track. It was very cold and too dangerous to really push things but we made some good progress on the engine side of things. I felt more in control of the bike which given the delicate conditions says a lot. I'm looking forward to getting out to Sepang and seeing what we can do in much more favourable circumstances," commented the Australian.

Mike Janes, Ilmor GP Team Manager, shared the optimistic outlook. "It was without doubt a worthwhile exercise. The workload we have had since Jerez has been enormous and we have had to really focus on getting the new team ready for this season. It was unfortunate that we couldn't make it to Sepang earlier this month or Philip Island but it was great to see everyone working together despite the awful weather conditions.

"After some extensive dyno work back at Ilmor, I feel that we have made a big step forward in terms of the engine calibration - the difference between the bike in Jerez and the bike we have out here in Almeria is very significant. The overall engine response is more predictable and controllable.

"The acid test for us will be Sepang next week when we have something more tangible to compare ourselves to. The track conditions should be such that it will be more conducive to good track testing and with Andrew able to push the bike out there, we'll be able to continue along our learning curve in preparation for the forthcoming season"

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MotoGP, 2007

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