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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 18:03 GMT
McWilliams offered MotoGP return
Jeremy McWilliams
McWilliams' last full season in MotoGP was 2004
Veteran Northern Ireland motorcyclist Jeremy McWilliams is weighing up an offer to return to MotoGP in 2007.

The new Ilmor MotoGP team has asked McWilliams to test their bike in the coming weeks with a view to him signing up for the 2007 campaign.

Garry McCoy competed on the Ilmor bike in the final two races of this season.

McWilliams attended Sunday's final race of the season in Valencia when he held discussions with the team run by ex-Formula One designer Mario Illien.

"I haven't put my name to paper and signed up," McWilliams told BBC Sport.

"But isn't it great that you can walk around a paddock and people start talking and all of a sudden there's an offer on the table."

The 41-year-old acknowledged that a return to MotoGP would be "physically and psychologically demanding".

"But if something good comes out of it over the next couple of tests, there's every chance that I may be able to help in some way."

McWilliams' last full season in MotoGP was in 2004 although he did ride the Czech Grand Prix in a one-off race for the Proton KR outfit in 2005.

Australian McCoy rode the Ilmor 800cc machine in Portugal and Valencia as a wildcard.

MotoGP's rules are changing next season with the maximum engine capacity reduced from 990cc to 800cc.

Illien designed F1 championship-winning engines for McLaren in 1998 and 1999.

Ilmor engines have also won the Indy 500 on 11 occasions.

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