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Ilmor GP announce personnel ‘slim-down'

Ilmor GP announce personnel ‘slim-down'

A month on from Ilmor GP's announcement of their temporary withdrawal from the World Championship, the team have announced the ‘slimming down' of their personnel through Team Boss Mario Illien and Managing Director Steve Miller.

A month on from Ilmor GP's announcement of their temporary withdrawal from the World Championship, the team have announced the ‘slimming down' of their personnel through Team Boss Mario Illien and Managing Director Steve Miller.

According to an official statement, the race team will now be a ‘skeleton' focused on the development of the Ilmor engine, with many of the original team members released from their contracts as of the end of May.

Ilmor withdrew from MotoGP after just one race of the 2007 season, citing lack of sponsorship as the main reason behind the decision.

"I know that it's hard for people to understand why we have stopped racing and some people have been quick to judge our withdrawal from the MotoGP World Championship but I remain upbeat and I still strongly believe that we will find a financial partner for the team," declared Illien.

"In the mean time we have to restructure and put in place a smaller team dedicated to engine development. Whilst our commitment to finding a title sponsor, and suitable Ilmor GP partners, to make racing a viable financial option continues in full force, it is senseless to employ an entire race team when our track activity has ceased albeit on a temporary basis."

Riders Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt remain under contract with the team, despite there being no firm plans for Ilmor GP's return to the World Championship.

"Both Andrew and Jeremy have done a fantastic job for Ilmor GP under difficult circumstances and I want to thank them for their on-going patience and understanding," enthused Illien. "If all goes to plan and we manage to secure the funding to get back out for the remainder of the 2007 season then of course I would love to have both riders back on board."

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MotoGP, 2007

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