THE 1990'S AND BEYOND
Throughout the 1990s Castrol continued its association with the sport’s biggest names. When Wayne Rainey rode to victory during the 1993 season, his Yamaha YZR500 was lubricated with Castrol oil. Other high profile World Championship winners using Castrol in the 1990s and 2000s have included John Kocinski, Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau.
Discussions held in the late 1990s led to a proposal from Yamaha and Honda that the 500cc GP class should be changed to a new formula that would allow the manufacturers to develop new technologies that would be useful on the road and that would keep the spectacle on track. As a result it was announced that the top-class of motorcycle racing would change from being a 500cc, by default a two stroke only class, into a combined 500cc two-stroke and 990cc four-stroke class in 2002. By the end of 2003 all the two strokes were gone, overpowered by the powerful, and easy to ride, four strokes.
After a very successful long-term relationship with Honda in World Superbikes, Castrol returned to GP racing in 2003, producing special Castrol Power1 lubricants for the Honda RC211V 990cc V5’s of Team Gresini Honda.
Today Castrol is still at the forefront…
…upgrading its two stroke technology with the introduction of Castrol XR77 for racing two strokes running on unleaded fuel and Castrol Power1 technology for the new breed of four strokes.
A winning record – Castrol lubricated bikes in Grand Prix racing
- over 471 race wins with 59 manufacturers
- 268 podiums
- 127 race wins with Honda
- 35 race wins with Yamaha
- 77 race wins with Norton
- 28 race wins with BMWck