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Ilmor GP anticipate season kick-off

Ilmor GP anticipate season kick-off

After an intense winter of preparation for their first season in MotoGP the Ilmor GP team head for Qatar this week full of anticipation ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the year.

After an intense winter of preparation for their first season in MotoGP the Ilmor GP team head for Qatar this week full of anticipation ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the year.

Saturday's race will provide the first opportunity for the team to see how the Ilmor GP 2007 prototype, and riders Andrew Pitt and Jeremy McWilliams, can match up against the establishment of the premier class under race conditions at the Losail International Circuit.

The fruition of Mario Illien's ambitious move from cars into motorcycle racing has been of interest to fans around the globe and with a series of informative preseason tests under their belts, the Northampton based team are looking forward to experiencing the race atmosphere as a fully operational MotoGP outfit.

Ilmor participated in two races with wildcard entries at Portugal and Valencia at the end of last season and the team has worked hard since then to produce a competitive 800cc bike, culminating in the last Official MotoGP Test of preseason 2007 just over a week ago at Jerez.

Before setting off to Qatar, Ilmor GP Team Principal Illien enthusiastically commented: "'I'm hopeful that we have made some progress with all the data we collected in Jerez - the electronics team have been working very hard since we got back. I'm really looking forward to the first race - it's going to be really exciting for us as a team to compete in a race situation again."

As the only British team on the MotoGP grid fans from the UK and Ireland will be wishing Ilmor and specifically McWilliams the very best for the race at Losail, in particular because the Northern Irishman has courageously battled back from injuries sustained in testing before Christmas to be ready for the first race.

The 42 year-old former Aprilia, Proton and Yamaha rider stated: "I can't wait for the first race - it will be great once the lights go green - there's so much anticipation and nerves before the first race of any season so it'll be good to get it out of the way!"

"My only slight worry is that due to my accident in Jerez last November I haven't had as much time on the bike as I would have liked. Physically I feel good, my leg is still a little weak but my upper body is really strong and once I'm on the bike I forget about my leg. Losail is a great circuit to ride, it's really technical and quite complicated to ride well so I'm looking forward to the challenge. Let's see what we can do."

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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