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MotoGP World Championship – San Marino Grand Prix, September 201711.09.2017

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Miller makes it to the top six

Finding things difficult since the resumption of the MotoGP championship in early August, Jack Miller took advantage of the rain in Misano to win his second top six of the season.

 

The Races

After two beautiful days of free practice sessions under a beautiful, warm sun, the riders in the San Marino Grand Prix had driving rain for the races. Jack Miller, winner of his first MotoGP Grand Prix last year under a deluge in the Netherlands, seized that opportunity to get back on the right track after a disappointing month in August in terms of results. Overcoming the weather, at Misano the Australian took a well-earned sixth place, hot on the heels of Michele Pirro. Tito Rabat had less luck. Despite shining in the free practice sessions on the dry track, The Spaniard crashed nine laps from the finish when he was in thirteenth position. Franco Morbidelli also fell foul of the Italian rain. The Moto2 championship leader fell just as he was in the lead of his country’s Grand Prix. A Grand Prix that Alex Marquez had to give up after injuring his hip on the first day of free practice sessions. In Moto3, if Pulkkinen fell to one lap from the finish, Kornfeil signed his best performance of the season by being placed seventh.

The Championship

Having chalked up ten points in Misano, Jack Miller has climbed back to thirteenth place in the MotoGP ranking. Rabat has slipped back to twentieth position. Despite his Did Not Finish – the second of the season – Morbidelli retains the lead of the Moto2 championship, nine points ahead of Lüthi. Alex Marquez benefited from Oliveira’s fall to keep third place. In Moto3, Kornfeil has moved up one position in the general standings, and is now twenty-second.

The Background

Fifty years is quite nothing. Fifty years is quite a celebration. That’s why Jack Miller and Tito Rabat wore a brand new decoration on their motorcycles in Misano.

We wanted to celebrate the anniversary of our faithful partner. We’ve been working together for a dozen years, a quarter of the Elf brand’s history. That long-term commitment is very valuable to us, in both human and financial terms.

Michael Bartholemy,
Manager of the Marc VDS team

Responsible for the fuel supply in the MotoGP paddock, Jacky Hutteau remembers the launch of the Elf brand very well.

As if it were yesterday, four thousand five hundred service stations had been painted white, and on the night of 26 April 1967, the twelve thousand employees of the company added the logo, the famous red circle which had been announced for several weeks through advertising spots. It was a great launch.

Jacky Hutteau

The brand’s commitment in motorsports came quickly thereafter, most of the French riders receiving support from Elf. Fifty years on, the passion is still as heated.

 

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