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In winning his second Grand Prix in a row, Scott Redding has consolidated his leading position in the Moto2 World Championship. In MotoGP, Bradl signed his best performance of the season by finishing fourth.

MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Italy

ITAThe Races
After a difficult start to the season, Stefan Bradl set things right again on the Mugello circuit. Fifth on the starting grid, the LCR Honda rider managed to keep his lead over Dovizioso at the end of the race to snatch a well-earned fourth place. In Moto2, Redding scored his second victory in a row – and with style, after winning his second pole position of the season the day before. After breaking away from the pack with Terol and Zarco, the Brit used his brains to take the lead at the right time. Annoyed by mechanical problems during the practice test sessions, and poorly placed on the grid, Kallio nonetheless finished in a highly respectable fifth place. In Moto3, Oliveira had to fight from start to finish in the lead group before taking the chequered flag one step away from the podium. Still suffering from his injuries after his fall at Le Mans, Vazquez was unable to start while Loi finished in twentyfifth position, far from the points he hoped to score.

The Championship
With his latest victory, Redding has confirmed his leading position in the Moto2 championship. The British rider is now forty-three points ahead of Terol and his Finnish teammate, in a tie for second place. In MotoGP Bradl took advantage of his weekend score to climb back to ninth place, while in Moto3 Oliveira has moved up to seventh position.

The Background
Next year, the prototypes racing in the MotoGP category will have to settle for 20 litres of fuel to go the distance of a Grand Prix, which ranges between 110 and 120 km depending on the circuit. With engines developing more than 250 horsepower, accurately managing such a small quantity of fuel is something of a technological feat. “Competition is a great test bench which benefits the series bikes bought by the man in the street,” said Shuhei Nakamoto, the vice-president of Honda Racing Service. Fifteen years ago, to cover the same distance, the two-stroke 500 cc engines had 32 litres of gasoline. That says a lot about the progress that’s been made ever since. “To correctly manage fuel consumption, electronics are crucial,” says Christophe Bourguignon, technical director of the LCR Honda team. “But the quality of the fuel is equally important.” That’s why chemists and technicians are constantly developing new products. “Every year, Elf gives us a new fuel which is first tried out on the HRC test benches,” says Bourguignon. “At this level of competition, optimizing the ratio between performance and consumption is one of the keys to success.”

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