Shell protects Ducati through MotoGP rule change

Working together to protect the GP9 Desmosedici engine

By Staff, Aug. 13, 2009
Ducati and key technical partner Shell have been working together to help adapt to the new MotoGP engine restriction rules.

The new FIM regulations come into force this weekend in Brno, which means that each rider may only use five engines for the final seven schedules races of the 2009 season. Because of this, both Ducati and Shell feel it is vital that engines are lubricated and protected.

“Our motorcycle oil development program faces new challenges this year,” says Michael Knakk, Shell Global Solutions lubricant development expert and Ducati technical partnership project leader.

“We are very proud of the engine and gearbox reliability Shell Advance helped achieve for Ducati in 2008, so continuing that high standard is a big focus for us. We also plan to use our expertise in light of the new FIM regulations stating that for the final seven races of the 2009 MotoGP season, each rider may only use five engines. This new restriction means that Shell’s input will be more important than ever for Ducati. Shell Advance will play a vital role in helping protect the GP9 Desmosedici engine and maintain its performance over multiple races.”

This photo shows how Shell oil coats the gears in the Desmosedici engine. You can check out an animated video demonstration by clicking the video link at the end of the article.

Ducati is counting on Shell’s analysis to keep the Italian factory ahead of the pack in MotoGP.

“The partnership with Shell has been really good since the beginning,” says Livo Suppo, Ducati Corse MotoGP project director. “With the new FIM rules use this season, Shell Advance is central in providing the engines with the protection they need. The stress upon the engine is very high during a race situation, so Shell’s contribution to maintaining the high performance of the engine over multiple races will be very important.”

Click here to watch an animated video that focuses on the role of Shell Advance lubricant in protecting the Ducati Desmosedici engine.