Ilmor Announcement Due On Monday

Crash.net is reporting that Ilmor will make an official announcement about their future on Monday. As we reported earlier, it seems inevitable that what will be announced is a permanent withdrawal from MotoGP, at least as an official manufacturer. Ilmor was 6 million Euros short of the funds required to carry on running the factory team, but with such an obvious development deficit, that money was very hard to come by.

Where Ilmor may have a future is in providing engines to teams. With Team KR making good use of the RC211V powerplant last year, and teams such as WCM and possibly Moriwaki wanting back into MotoGP, there may be a place for an engine supplier. However, Ilmor will still have a lot of work to do to make their engines competitive, for without that competitiveness, the market for their engines will be limited, if not non-existent.

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