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MotoGP World Championship – Australian Grand Prix, October 201723.10.2017

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Miller, Hero at Home

Absent in Japan because of fractured femur, Jack Miller made a brilliant comeback to competition in front of his family and friends in Australia. Three weeks after surgery on his leg, the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider crossed the finish line in seventh place.

The Races

Fifth in the practice test sessions, seventh in the race, at Phillip Island Jack Miller had his best weekend of the season. A performance all the more heroic in that the Australian rider had to skip the previous Grand Prix, in Japan, because of a fractured femur.

The injury didn’t bother me and I must admit that this circuit is very special for me. I had to slow down at the end of the race because I overstretched my rear tyre during the first laps.

Jack Miller

at the finishing line of the penultimate race of the season. The Australian even completed a few laps leading the pack to the cheers of the public. For Tito Rabat, the weekend in Australia was more difficult. The Spaniard finished it in sixteenth position, just short of a few points.

The Grand Prix was still useful for me. I learned a lot by riding in mixed conditions during the three days. That will serve me in the future.

Tito Rabat

In Moto2, Franco Moribelli made it to the podium behind the two KTMs of Oliveira and Binder, while Alex Marquez finished sixth after skidding off the track. After winning in Japan, the Spaniard suffered more physically on the Phillip Island circuit.

I’m still not back one hundred percent but I didn’t give up.

Alex Marquez

In Moto3, Kornfeil confirmed his return to form by finishing twelfth, but Pulkkinen fell.

The Championship

In chalking up six points more than Tom Lüthi, Morbidelli has consolidated his leading position in Australia. With only two races left in the season, the leader of the Moto2 championship is now twenty points ahead of his Swiss rival. Marquez has slipped back to fourth place with one point less than Oliveira. In MotoGP, Miller has moved up to twelfth place while Rabat has dropped down to twentieth position. The Spaniard, however, is only one point behind Abraham. There was no change in the Moto3 standings, Kornfeil retaining his twenty-first position.

The Background

Whether racing at Le Mans, Jerez, Motegi or Phillip Island, Elf riders all use fuel made at the Total ACS research and development centre in Givors. Packaged in 50-litre drums, the fuel is transported to the various circuits by truck, but also by freighter when it comes to shipping it to the other side of the world. For the overseas tour of October, for example, there are three specific consignments of 7,500 litres of special fuel that are organized from the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. The first bound for Tokyo, the second for Melbourne and the third for Port Klang.

The shipments are made two months before each Grand Prix. We have to take into account the risks of delay due to transport problems, customs formalities or eventual strikes.

Jacky Hutteau
in charge of the management of orders
and distribution on the race circuits

23.10.2017

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