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MotoGP, KTM teams up with Mobil 1 for new synthetic fuel challenge

Next year e-fuels will arrive in MotoGP: in 2024 40% of the fuel used will have to be non-fossil to reach 100% in 2027

MotoGP: KTM teams up with Mobil 1 for new synthetic fuel challenge


The next technical challenge awaiting the MotoGP engineers is the arrival of synthetic e-fuels, non-fossil in origin unlike petrol. According to the current regulations, in 2022 in all three classes of the world championship the engines will have to burn fuels that contain at least 40% synthetic fuels to reach 100% in 2027.

All the manufacturers are preparing for the change and KTM has chosen Mobil 1 as a partner in this journey. The company (which is part of the ExxonMobil group) will develop the new fuels for the RC16, as well as supply the lubricants.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director, explained: “This collaboration is important to us for a few reasons. ExxonMobil is a major name in the industry and also motorsports with a big presence in racing and we know we will count on their premium lubricants for our Red Bull KTM RC16. They have a similar mentality to us when it comes to aiming for the top level and the best performance, and that also flows into our goals for the future where we really want to be part of this shift in MotoGP sustainability with race fuels. We are looking forward to representing Mobil lubricants in MotoGP competition."

Rob Shearer, ExxonMobil Global Sponsorships & Motorsports Manager, added: “This is an exciting new partnership for Mobil 1, and we are looking forward to developing a long and successful relationship with such a distinguished, dynamic & innovative brand as KTM. Our role will be to provide high performing cutting-edge fuels and lubricants, and hopefully Red Bull KTM can deliver to us race wins and championship. What is certain, however, is that ultimately the consumer will win as we refine and improve the products we supply around the world. Today’s announcement enables us to continue to showcase our advanced, high-performance lubricant technologies. With the season-opener in Portugal fast approaching, we look forward to working with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and exciting riders like Brad Binder and Jack Miller with the aim to help the team towards their world championship goals.”


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