Despite being hampered by uncharacteristically bad weather Ilmor GP's first
outing of 2007 still resulted in significant progress at the southern Spanish circuit of Almeria this
The team elected to miss the first two MotoGP tests of the year in Sepang and Philip Island instead
focusing on getting the bikes ready for a quick European test before heading out to join the rest of
the MotoGP fraternity in Sepang for the second Malaysian test next week.
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 - this weekend demonstrated that
the team had made a positive step forward as Australian rider Andrew Pitt put the bike through it's
paces amid the unusual snow ridden setting.
Following his crash in Jerez in November Andrew's team mate Jeremy McWilliams continues to
make good progress with his recovery and hopes to join the team in Qatar during the test in
Andrew Pitt, Ilmor GP Rider: "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
Mike Janes, Ilmor GP Team Manager: "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
"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"