Mo­tul, Suzuki Com­plete 30 Years To­gether

Bike India - - IGNITION -

THE MOTOGP ROUND AT TWIN RING MOTEGI, Ja­pan, marked 30 years of part­ner­ship be­tween Mo­tul and Suzuki at the pin­na­cle of motorcycle rac­ing. The French lu­bri­cant man­u­fac­turer and the Ja­panese two-wheeler gi­ant be­gan paving their road to MotoGP in 1988. Back then, the high­est form of rac­ing was the 500-cc Grand Prix World Cham­pi­onship. The part­ner­ship has borne fruit to a whole line of rac­ing-in­spired lu­bri­cants from Mo­tul, called ‘Fac­tory Line’.

Since 1988, these two brands have been tack­ling year af­ter year of Grand Prix motorcycle rac­ing, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise side by side. They claimed the cham­pi­onship twice dur­ing the past 30 years, once with Kevin Sch­wantz (1993) and once more with Kenny Roberts Jr (2000). Apart from that, they have also had 39 vic­to­ries. The most re­cent win was claimed by Mav­er­ick Viñales dur­ing the pre­vi­ous sea­son, be­fore he shifted to Mo­vis­tar Yamaha. In the cur­rent sea­son, the Ec­star Suzuki team is rep­re­sented by An­drea Ian­none and Alex Rins.

Com­ment­ing on the mile­stone, Masahiro Nishikawa, Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager, Motorcycle Op­er­a­tions, Suzuki, said, “Suzuki Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion is proud to have en­joyed such a long and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship with Mo­tul. A 30-year part­ner­ship with one sin­gle tech­ni­cal part­ner in the rapidly devel­op­ing world of Grand Prix motorcycle rac­ing is an ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment for both com­pa­nies.”

Adding to what Nishikawa said, Hervé Amelot, Pres­i­dent, Man­ag­ing Board, Mo­tul, said,“Mo­tul is ex­tremely proud of the very spe­cial re­la­tion­ship it has with Suzuki, one of the world’s best known and most suc­cess­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers. What has been achieved in MotoGP has been the re­sult of a great col­lab­o­ra­tion over 30 years which is fo­cused around com­mu­ni­ca­tion, vi­sion and an end­less push­ing of the bound­aries of tech­nol­ogy. We look for­ward to many more years work­ing to­gether, and will en­joy cel­e­brat­ing this an­niver­sary with Suzuki.”

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