Archive - 2006

December 18th

re: MotoGP Winter Testing Schedule

About 10 minutes after I posted this reply, I received the official press release. You can find my take on it here:

Ilmor Announce Rider Line-up. At Last.

Ilmor have finally made up their minds about who will be riding the Ilmor SRT X3 next year. On Monday, they announced that Jeremy McWilliams (42) and Andrew Pitt (30) will be joining the team for 2007. The line-up is as expected, after McWilliams and Pitt spent a lot of time testing the bike at Valencia and Jerez. However, it is a little surprising for someone of McWilliams' age to be given the ride. Most riders are a long way past their sell by date by the time they hit 40, and McWilliams is 42.

December 14th

MotoGP Winter Testing 2006 Wrap-up

As the dust settles on a long and arduous MotoGP season, you would think that the teams and riders would be ready for a long and well-deserved break.

December 12th

MotoGPOD Podcast Is Back

For the fans of Bob Hayes' great motorcycle racing podcast MotoGPOD, the podcast is back again!

December 5th

KTM "Won't Return To MotoGP"

In an interview with German Eurosport's MotorMagazin, KTM boss Stefan Pierer has stated categorically that they won't be returning to MotoGP any time soon. KTM had been linked with the Ilmor team, with rumors saying that KTM would take over the project from Mario Illien.

Ilmor Appoints Team Manager, Riders To Follow This Week

Although MotoGP followers will have to wait for the news they are awaiting most eagerly, the Ilmor SRT rider line up for next year, one more piece of the Ilmor puzzle has been put in place today, with the announcement of Mike Janes as the Ilmor SRT Team Manager.

December 1st

Another Sponsor Goes - Camel Leaves MotoGP

Italian site is carrying an official Camel press release stating that they are withdrawing from MotoGP sponsorship, leaving the official Yamaha factory team without a name sponsor.

McWilliams Injury Update After Jerez Tests

Ilmor today issued a statement on the condition of Jeremy McWilliams, who broke his leg and possibly fractured his collarbone in a high speed tumble during the final day of MotoGP testing at Jerez. The timing of McWilliams' injury is fortunate, coming as it does on the last day of testing before the MotoGP test ban comes into effect, preventing riders from testing between December 1st and January 20th.

November 30th

Jerez MotoGP Test Day 3 - Times

November 29th

Jerez MotoGP Test - Day 2 - Final Times

Jerez November Tests - Day 2

Testing continues today at Jerez, where the weather gods are looking much more kindly upon MotoGP than yesterday, when much of the session was ruined by rain. Testing didn't get underway properly until lunchtime, due to parts of the track still being fairly damp from yesterday's rain, but by 2pm, everyone was out and riding. released the top 10 times as of 2pm, which are shown below. These times are not really representative of the state of play, with most of the riders having only put in some 10 laps or so.

LCD TVs Replace Tobacco As Sponsor At Gresini

As widely expected, after Toni Elias appeared at Sepang with a large sticker on his screen, Gresini today announced a new sponsorship agreement with Taiwanese LCD manufacturer HANNspree.

November 28th

Jerez November Tests - Day 1

The first times are appearing for the first day of the final test of the year at Jerez. The session started rather messily, with Andrew Pitt being forced to return to the pits with mechanical problems on his Ilmor X3, and Ducati's test rider Vittoriano Guareschi suffering a crash, due to low track temperatures.

re: Ilmor To Announce Riders After Jerez Test

Hi Andy,

I found your comment right after I posted about this:

Thanks for the heads up!

Chaz Davies To Test For Ilmor

In remarkable news, is reporting that British rider Chaz Davies is to test for Ilmor. Davies will be testing the Ilmor X3 at Jerez on Wednesday and Thursday, during the last two days of the three-day MotoGP testing session at the Spanish circuit.