Motorsport’s winter break is over and the motors are humming again. The pinnacle of motorcycle racing is also alive with the sound of roaring engines. The CWM LCR Honda team is currently preparing for the new season in the MotoGP World Championship. Lucio Cecchinello’s team spent eight days testing its two bikes at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia: first rider Cal Crutchlow (GBR) on the Honda RCV213V prototype and Australian youngster Jack Miller on the Honda RC213V-RS, which will race in the Open category. Premium oil Castrol POWER1 will be used in both bikes.
Despite heavy rain at times and tropical heat, the two CWM LCR Honda riders both completed a good amount of testing on the two bikes – exactly 302 laps (1,661 km/1,039 miles) during which they made valuable findings ahead of the opening round of the MotoGP season on 29th March in Qatar. The high temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius and extreme humidity at the racetrack near Kuala Lumpur really put the new bikes’ technology to the test. However, the tests ran smoothly – thanks in no small part to the use of Castrol POWER1 Racing 4T, the lubricant CWM LCR Honda is putting its faith in this year.
The superior acceleration provided by Castrol POWER1 will give our talented riders Cal and Jack the confidence to take on circuits around the world with maximum confidence in their oil.CWM LCR Honda Team Principal Lucio Cecchinello
Australian rookie Jack Miller pictured above.
The oil was designed specifically to be used in high-performance motorcycles with four-stroke engines. It significantly reduces internal engine friction in the most adverse conditions. This in turn guarantees superior acceleration and performance, as well as excellent reliability: ideal properties for the 18 races that make up the MotoGP season. Incidentally, this racing technology can also be found in Castrol’s production range of products.
“The whole team at CWM LCR Honda is proud to have Castrol on board as a new partner, and is looking forward to the MotoGP season powered by Castrol POWER1,” said CWM LCR Honda Team Principal Lucio Cecchinello. “The superior acceleration provided by Castrol POWER1 will give our talented riders Cal and Jack the confidence to take on circuits around the world with maximum confidence in their oil. This is a special moment in my career; to be working side by side with Honda HRC, working with Cal who is a competitive rider and a proven front-runner, and working with Jack who is clearly very talented and represents the future. This is the beginning of a new chapter for the team and I will do my best to reward all the people involved in this project with results.”
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Meanwhile, the Castrol POWER1-powered Pata Honda Racing team was in action at the first of 14 race weekends in the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) in February. The Superbike World Championship’s ‘dream team’ promptly achieved a good result at the season-opener at Phillip Island (Australia): Sylvain Guintoli, the reigning Superbike World Champion from France, and Michael van der Mark (NLD), the current Supersport World Champion, both finished in the top five. Talented junior Kyle Smith (GBR) came within a whisker of a place on the podium in the Supersport class: in the end he missed out on third place by just 0.032 seconds.