Chaz Davies To Test For Ilmor

In remarkable news, Crash.net 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. The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, as Ilmor had previously announced that they would be testing with Andrew Pitt, Garry McCoy and Jeremy McWilliams at Jerez, and will be announcing their team line-up after the tests at Jerez. It was widely expected that the team would consist of two of those three riders, but Davies' appearance casts some doubt on that. Davies is currently signed to compete in AMA Formula Xtreme and Supersport in the US next season, but would undoubtedly leap at the chance of moving straight to MotoGP. This would also solve the BBC's requirement for a British rider, without having to sign a rider as old as McWilliams.

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