MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of Japan (Motegi), October 2017

Marquez Masters the Rain

Handicapped for the last two Grands Prix after a fall in Misano, in Japan Alex Marquez was rewarded for his efforts by chalking up his third victory in Moto2. Morbidelli, meanwhile, confirmed his leading position at the end of a race held in appalling conditions.


The Races

Three days of rain, three days of cold … The first stage of a three-week overseas tour, the Grand Prix of Japan wrecked havoc on minds and material. Alex Marquez prevailed in Motegi under cataclysmic conditions. Starting from pole position, the Spaniard waited patiently to find his feet under a deluge of rain before wrestling first place from Japanese rider Nakagami. And he never let it go from then on. It was a fine reward for Marquez who is still suffering from hip pain since his fall in Italy. Fifteenth on the starting grid after free practice sessions that were complicated, Morbidelli managed to take the checkered flag in eighth position, getting the points he needed, since his rival in the title race finished behind him. In MotoGP, Rabat managed to get the point for fifteenth place, despite conditions that the Spaniard has always hated.

The weekend taught me to ride better on a wet circuit, making the most of it.

Tito Rabat

Replacing Jack Miller, injured in training and forfeit in Japan, Hiroshi Aoyama complained of a power control problem and could finish no better than eighteenth. In his defence, the Honda test rider had not raced for a year. Kornfeil had a good race in the Moto3 category, the Peugeot rider signing his best performance of the season in Japan by finishing eighth. Pulkkinen crossed the finish line in twenty-second place.

The Championship

Although his eighth place was one of his worst results of the season, Morbidelli nevertheless managed to to consolidate his leadership, benefiting from Lüthi’s underperformance in 11th place. The Italian now has a twenty-four point lead in the championship. Third in the overall standings, Marquez is fifty-two points behind the Swiss rider. In MotoGP, Rabat is still in nineteenth position while Miller, forfeit in Motegi, has slipped back to thirteenth place. In Moto3, Kornfeil has stepped up to twenty-first position.

The Background

Every Grand Prix weekend, Jacky Hutteau delivers more than six thousand litres of fuel to the paddock.

It’s delivered in fifty-litre drums.

Jacky Hutteau
Total group’s technical adviser
on the MotoGP championship

Depending on the country, the drums are delivered under the Elf or Total brand. Transferred from the Total ACS research and development centre – additives and special fuels – located in Givors, near Lyon, the drums are delivered to the various teams before the first day of free practice sessions and recovered after the races.

Since last year we’ve been in charge of repatriating all the empty drums to Givors; That makes between 120 and 140 drums to bring back to the research centre.Where they are cleaned and recycled. It’s impossible to reuse them as they are. Each batch of fuel is different, so there would be a risk of pollution that we cannot allow with products reserved for racing

Jacky Hutteau