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CZECH REPUBLIC12.02.2014

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His last victory dates back to the GP of Great Britain 250 in 2008. Five years later, Mika Kallio has won again on the Brno circuit.

MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Czech Republic

CZEThe Races
Fourth on the starting grid for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Mika Kallio took over control of the race in the last laps, fighting off Lüthi and Nakagami to win his first success in the Moto2 class. Despite tuning difficulties during the practice test sessions with his Kalex, Redding nonetheless managed to take sixth place in the race in Brno. In MotoGP, Bradl started the race in the lead with Rossi and Bautista but then lost ground. Cursing his Honda’s lack of power, the LCR Honda rider crossed the finish line in sixth place. In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez were ranked ninth and eleventh respectively.

The Championship
Thanks to his victory, Mika Kallio has moved up to fourth place in the Moto2 championship, meaning the rider of the Marc VDS team is now only seven points behind Esteve Rabat. Although he finished behind Espargaro, Redding keeps first place with a lead of twenty-one points over the Spanish rider. Bradl confirmed his sixth place in the MotoGP championship while Oliveira remains sixth overall in the Moto3 class. Vazquez, his Mahindra teammate, has dropped back one place, and is now thirteenth.

The Background
The ultimate competition in the world of motorcycle racing, MotoGP is also a great test bed for manufacturers and their engineering partners. With only five engines to complete a season of eighteen Grand Prix, the teams have no room for error. The slightest mechanical problem can cost them the Championship. “That’s why we need to work with very high-level partners,” says Lucio Cecchinello, boss of the LCR Honda team. “That’s also why we are so pleased with the cooperation with Elf: they provide us with excellent fuels and lubricants.” Although developing more than 250 horsepower, a MotoGP engine only contains a little more than four litres of oil. Its performance and reliability both depend on the quality of the lubricant. “When an engine heats to over 130 degrees, it is crucial to have a lubricant that is capable of keeping its qualities at very high temperatures,” explains Christophe Bourguignon, the technical director of the Honda LCR team. “Whether to protect the cylinder heads, the gearbox or other moving parts, its viscosity must remain constant. The objective is to reduce friction to increase the reliability and at the same time reduce consumption, another key point in MotoGP. That’s why it is so important for us to work with engineers and chemists alike.”

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