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MotoGP, Grand Prix of the Americas24.04.2017

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Hat-Trick for Morbidelli

After Doha and Termas de Rio Hondo, now Austin. With three wins in three races, Franco Morbidelli looks untouchable at the top of the Moto2 world championship. In MotoGP, Miller and Rabat scored more points on the Americas circuit.

The Races

On a circuit he has always found difficult, Franco Morbidelli overcame the jinx by scoring another success, the third in a row after the events in Qatar and Argentina. Taking the lead early on in the race, the rider of the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS managed to hold off Tom Lüthi’s comeback before switching into high gear to cross the finish line more than two seconds ahead of his Swiss opponent. After leading for the first lap, Alex Marquez made a small mistake that made him lose contact with the leading pack. Fighting it out with Nakagami, Morbidelli’s team-mate finally finished at the foot of the podium.

My biggest problem was that I had cramps in my forearms,

regretted the Spaniard, who was celebrating his 21st birthday.

In MotoGP, Miller made it once again to the top ten and finished hot on the heels of Jorge Lorenzo. Rabat also scored new points by finishing in the thirteenth place between the Ducati’s of Redding and Barbera. In the Moto3 category, the two riders of the Peugeot MC Saxoprint team finished behind the twentieth place. Kornfeil ranked twenty-third and Pulkkinen thirtieth.

The Championship

With seventy-five points in three races, Morbidelli is returning to Europe with his bags full. The Italian is the leader in the championship, nineteen points ahead of Lüthi. Marquez has moved up to sixth place in the Moto2 overall standings. In MotoGP, Miller finished the overseas leg of the championship in tenth place while Rabat is eighteenth with eight points. In Moto3, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen have yet to open the score.

The Background

Benchmarks in the world of motorsports, this year once again Elf fuels are driving the engines of most of the motorcycles in the MotoGP category.

We are the suppliers for the entire lineup, except for the Ducati riders and the two Honda factory bikes

Romain Aubry,
one of the Elf engineers involved in motorsports.

The manufacturers do not all use the same fuel. The KTM and Aprilia teams use a product from the range without any on-going development.

These two manufacturers who have recently joined the MotoGP championship need to work primarily on the performance and reliability of their engines, On the other hand, Yamaha and Suzuki and the independent Honda teams (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS and LCR), use fuels developed to spec.

The priority for Yamaha is on consumption levels. Suzuki ask us for performance, while the Honda teams insist on reliability.

For each of the brand’s customers, Elf engineers therefore work to define each specification in conjunction with the engine manufacturers.

We determine each engine’s appetite and select a corresponding range of chemical molecules. Based on that analysis, we propose three candidate fuels.

Developed in the laboratories of the Solaize research centre, the fuels are then sent to Japan and checked on the test bench before being tried and tested on the circuit.

24.04.2017

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