The World Superbike Championship (WSBK) was created at the end of the 80s so that bikes based on standard road-use models could compete. A unique opportunity for manufacturers to promote their standard models, and for energy firms like Total to develop innovative products for the general public. In 2019, we are continuing to support Kawasaki’s official teams, targeting a new WSBK World Champion title.
Total, through its ELF brand, official partner of Kawasaki since 2006
Their journey together began back in 2006 for the Total Group and Kawasaki, which was competing in the MotoGP championship. The partnership then continued to progress when the Japanese manufacturer realigned its strategy and decided to focus its efforts on Superbike, Supersport and Endurance. An outstanding test environment for mechanical features, the World Superbike Championship involves riders competing on bikes based on standard road-use models fitted with 4-cylinder 1000cc engines.
In 2019, we are continuing with our adventure alongside our trusted partner and supporting two prestigious teams - Kawasaki Racing Team and Team Puccetti Racing. This has been yet another historic season, with Jonathan Rea, from the Kawasaki Racing Team, promoting the brand by winning a fifth consecutive world champion title. Just reward for all our efforts together.
Superbike: an outstanding challenge for our researchers
With its specific demands, the Superbike Championship offers a different testing ground for our chemists and engineers compared with the MotoGP Championship. “The rules are more restrictive and changes cannot be made to the fuel during the season”, explains Romain Aubry, technical coordinator with Total. “With a 24-litre tank and shorter races, we have much more scope left with the limits for fuel consumption and we can focus on ramping up performance”.
As the World Superbike engines are based on standard models, we work based on our general consumer racing fuel and products from the ELF HTX range for lubricants. We also develop innovative ranges such as the ELF Vent Vert lubricants, available exclusively from Kawasaki’s distributor and dealer networks. These products meet the most demanding criteria for homologation, with the added bonus of Kawasaki’s hallmark fluorescent lime green colour, which is so appreciated by biking enthusiasts.