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MOTOGP NEWS 

McWilliams not happy with Ilmor pace

Jeremy McWilliams believes that Ilmor still have a long way to go to after last week's three-day test at Qatar.

Aside from the injured Olivier Jacque, there was a gap of more than one second between the rest of the field and the Ilmor bikes of McWilliams and Andrew Pitt.

The team have one more test, at Jerez next week, to get the bikes ready before their return to Qatar for the season opener.

"I donít think we can underestimate how much work we still have ahead of us," said McWilliams. "I'm definitely not where I want to be speed-wise yet."

However, the Ulsterman was not entirely downbeat after he tried a new front tyre at the test.

"On a positive note, I tried out a new 16-inch front tyre and it was great, it really helped in the corners.

"We will have some new engine parts to play with in Jerez so hopefully that will make a difference as well."

Ilmor GP managing director Steve Miller believes that the team can improve at a faster rate now that they know more about their engine.

"We needed to understand the exact requirements of the engine before we could really play around with the chassis," he said.

"The engine has such an enormous impact on the bike. The riders can't position the bike effectively on the track if the engine isnít doing exactly what they need it to do.

"Now weíve spent a lot of time working with the engine and we can start to make some changes to chassis set-up."

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