MotoGP World Championship, Grand Prix of Germany (Sachsenring), July 2016

Miller Makes His Move

After a superb win in the Netherlands, Jack Miller came close to a second podium in a row at the German Grand Prix. Although he eventually took the chequered flag in seventh place, the Australian nevertheless confirmed his progression.

The Races

After Assen, the rain once again was a decisive factor on the Sachsenring circuit, host for the ninth of the eighteen events in the 2016 season. Difficult conditions that Jack Miller once again had fully under control, three weeks after scoring his first win in the MotoGP class under the Dutch floods. Sixteenth on the starting grid, the rider of the Marc VDS team only needed six laps to move up to fourth position, hard on the heels of Valentino Rossi. Unfortunately, just as the track was drying, Miller rode three laps too many before going into the pits to change bikes and start back on slicks. He nevertheless finished seventh, in the slipstream of Dani Pedrosa. When he could have finished once again in the top ten, Tito Rabat fell in the last corner. He managed to get going again but had to settle for sixteenth place on the finish line.

In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli succeeded in leading the race for six laps before crashing. Álex Márquez also fell when he was in fourth position early in the race.

The Championship

In finishing seventh, Jack Miller scored his second best result of the season and pocketed nine valuable points. Although he is still in thirteenth place in the overall MotoGP standings the Australian closed the gap to eleven points from the top ten. Status quo also for Tito Rabat, placed twentieth in the Championship standings.

In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli has dropped back two places. He is now eighth, three points away from the seventh rider, Hafizh Syahrin. Álex Márquez has also lost two places and has dropped back to twenty-second place in the provisional standings.

The Background

If in MotoGP, the engineers and chemists of the Total group work in highly specific ways depending on the characteristics of the engines from different manufacturers that use their services, it is quite a different story in Moto2 and Moto3. In both categories, the Elf brand is the sole fuel supplier.

“Unlike our approach in MotoGP, in Moto2 and Moto3 we are not looking for absolute performance. On the contrary, the fuel that we provide must work for everyone. So we develop a versatile fuel that is not too expensive for the competitors. We apply the same approach in Superbike and in various other motorsport disciplines.”

Romain Aubry
one of the members of the group of technicians
involved in the development of special fuels

Superbike World Championship USA (Laguna Seca), July 2016

Sykes comes back

In scoring his fifth win of the season at Laguna Seca after taking second place on the podium the previous day, Tom Sykes also took advantage of Jonathan Rea’s first Did Not Finish to catch up with the Championship leader.

The Races

Happy to win in front of the Californian public, Tom Sykes had reason to be satisfied with his trip to America. After scoring his seventh pole position of the season, the thirty-seventh of his career in World Superbike, the Kawasaki rider had two very good races. After fighting it out to the finish on Saturday afternoon, the Brit finally lost to his teammate. But the next day Sykes took his revenge by dominating the two official Ducatis of Davies and Giugliano.

“The wind troubled me a bit during Saturday’s race,” said the former world champion. “Jonathan rode a little better than me in the last part of the circuit. I felt much better the next day.”

With this new success, Sykes has joined Colin Edwards in the World Superbike record tables. Like the American, the Kawasaki rider now has thirty-one victories to his tally. Although he won the first race in America, Jonathan Rea was less happy on Sunday. For the first time, the Championship leader was forced to retire for technical problems in the sixth lap.

The Championship

With his first DNF of the season, Jonathan Rea saw his lead over teammate drop to forty-six points. Still in the race for the title of 2016 World Champion, Tom Sykes used his victory and his second place in the US to increase his lead over Chaz Davies. Sixty-two points now separate the two men. The next World Superbike race will be held in September in Austria on the Lausitzring circuit.

The riders in the Supersport World Championship will also start competing again at the event.

The Background

After hesitating to ride for another colour, Tom Sykes has finally decided to stay green and prolong his contract with the Kawasaki factory for two seasons. Arriving in the KRT team in 2010, the Brit has scored his 31 wins in the Superbike World Championship riding the ZX-10RR. World champion in 2013, Tom has also given Steve Gudridge (Kawasaki Racing Manager for Europe) and Guim Roda (Kawasaki Team Manager) 78 podiums and 37 pole positions.

“I am very happy to continue with this team,” commented Jonathan Rea’s teammate. “Marcel, Danilo, Mattia, Raul, Tambu, Ruben and I form a genuine family in which I feel surrounded and supported. Our new ZX-10RR has already proven just how well it can perform and we are still far from exploiting its full potential. Suffice to say that we still have plenty of things to do together”