Oils

Here at Fast Bikes we all know how im­por­tant the right lu­bri­ca­tion is, whether that be for an en­gine or any­thing else (get your mind out the gut­ter). To find out a bit more about the slip­pery stuff, and to get more of a grasp on how dif­fer­ent it is on Gra

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We have been the sole sup­plier of mo­tor oil to the Moto2 and Moto3 world cham­pi­onships since 2015. With about 280 mil­lion peo­ple watch­ing the Mo­toGP cir­cus, we just had to be a part of it. I mean, what bet­ter way to test our prod­ucts than the hard­est and fastest rac­ing in the world, and to make things more in­ter­est­ing for us we are even a ma­jor spon­sor to the In­tact GP Moto2 team of San­dro Cortese and Mar­cel Shrot­ter!

And we’re still there un­til 2020…

Which is a huge deal for us in terms of show­cas­ing our brand to the world. It shows as well how good the prod­uct is that they let us sup­ply ev­ery­one and peo­ple are happy about it!

Liqui Moly has been a grow­ing brand since 1957, with rac­ing be­ing an in­te­gral part in de­vel­op­ment...

Hav­ing such high per­for­mance prod­ucts mean they need to be tested vig­or­ously. This means we are in­volved in many mo­tor­sport pad­docks around the world on two wheels and four, in­clud­ing Mo­toGP, Mo­toAmer­ica, Red­bull Ro­ma­ni­acs, the Su­per­tur­ismo cham­pi­onship and many more. Rac­ing is in our blood and we love to put back in as much as pos­si­ble, along­side spon­sor­ing many other cool ven­tures.

You might be sur­prised about the prod­ucts we use on track...

Ev­ery sin­gle bike that you see on the Moto3 and Moto2 grid uses the Liqui Moly Mo­tor­bike 4T Synth 5W-40 Race oil – the very same prod­uct you can pick up from any of our stock­ists (for about £50 for four litres). There is ab­so­lutely no dif­fer­ence in the oil that Alex Mar­quez uses to what you can use.

Which is why de­vel­op­ment is so im­por­tant be­tween track and road…

This makes de­vel­op­ment even more cru­cial, as ev­ery sin­gle drop has to be ab­so­lutely per­fect to deal with the stress of the fastest rac­ing in the world. It also means that the longer we sup­ply such teams, the more im­por­tant it is to de­velop with the ma­chines – no mat­ter what they may be in the com­ing years.

Things are work­ing out pretty well…

Not only has our GP con­tract been re­newed for the next three years, but as an ex­am­ple we didn’t have one sin­gle en­gine malfunction through­out Jerez and Austin. The teams and rid­ers are in­cred­i­bly happy with the prod­uct and they work well within the ma­chines no mat­ter what the con­di­tions. That’s a re­ward­ing feel­ing for us and all the ef­fort we put into our prod­ucts.

We also sup­ply to some of the ac­tual Mo­toGP class...

It takes a lot to keep a very pow­er­ful en­gine main­tained cor­rectly af­ter all, and the more we learn by work­ing with these fan­tas­tic pro­to­type ma­chines. They push us to our lim­its, which aids de­vel­op­ment no end and makes us pro­duce much higher qual­ity prod­ucts.

Mo­toGP bikes are a whole dif­fer­ent level, mean­ing the oil has to be fully syn­thetic and 0W-10; mean­ing it is al­most like wa­ter! It is purely for gain­ing the most out of the best en­gines in the world, with the least amount of fric­tion within the metal parts at work.

But if we can per­form to the high stan­dards we do with such high de­mands, it makes life a whole lot eas­ier when it comes to pro­duc­ing the very best oils for more con­ven­tional road and track mo­tor­cy­cles.

It’s quite special...

In ac­tual fact, ev­ery Mo­toGP ma­chine needs an oil change af­ter ev­ery ses­sion – or about ev­ery 45 min­utes. So imag­ine be­ing on a reg­u­lar track­day and hav­ing to change oil that of­ten. It seems like a lot of work, but it’s worth it for the end re­sult. You just need a lot of me­chan­ics on your team.

And it isn’t cheap…

As you can imag­ine, own­ing a Mo­toGP bike isn’t cheap, and run­ning one isn’t ei­ther! A litre of the Mo­toGP spec oil will prob­a­bly come in at about €75 – which is about £65. Con­sid­er­ing most ses­sions at GP last around 45 min­utes, that means teams get through a lot of oil.

But it’s cru­cial to them. The oil is there to look af­ter the mo­tor, and if its con­di­tion isn’t per­fect it can’t look af­ter the mo­tor prop­erly. As ex­pen­sive as it is to change the oil, it’s a whole lot more ex­pen­sive to re­build an en­gine.

The oil has to be con­di­tioned prop­erly…

Not only does it need to be con­stantly changed and mon­i­tored, but it also needs to be warmed up cor­rectly un­like the smaller ca­pac­ity ma­chines.

This is why you see the bikes out in pit­lane the morn­ing of a race for ex­am­ple; at least 15 min­utes is needed to gain the cor­rect work­ing tem­per­a­ture. You couldn’t use it on your road bike. It would be in­cred­i­bly im­prac­ti­cal – es­pe­cially if your en­gine wasn’t com­pletely per­fect to be­gin with. Not only that, but it would also be a bit use­less un­less pushed to the very lim­its.

That’s what our GP oil is de­signed for; to extract the high­est level of per­for­mance from a mo­tor. It would be overkill for the roads, and it wouldn’t be all that great hav­ing to warm it up prop­erly ei­ther.

We have to have a lot of oil ready to go...

If you think that we have around 50 rid­ers in Moto2, Moto3, and Mo­toGP, you can soon ap­pre­ci­ate the de­mands placed on us to the vol­ume of oil we need to sup­ply. It’s a lot for just a sin­gle round, let alone to sup­ported the teams and rid­ers across all 18 rounds on the cal­en­dar. We eas­ily get through 3,000 litres per sea­son, with a whole load more set aside for off-sea­son test­ing too.

That’s a lot of oil, a lot of oil changes and a lot of de­vel­op­ment! It’s not easy but if it makes us the best, then it is def­i­nitely worth it.

V ENS IM­AGES: LIQUIMOLY WORDS: PRET T Y BOY STE Ab­so­lutely NOT tof­fee- cus­tard...

Oils well with the Moto2 boys...

This man knows oils!

Yay for us!

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