Dunlop concludes tire testing session at Daytona International Speedway

2005-01-07 07:48

Press Release
January 7, 2005

Daytona, FL - Dunlop Motorcycle Tires concluded three days of tire testing Wednesday, January 5 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in preparation for the 2005 AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Superbike series. It was a productive session which utilized virtually all of the 1100 tires Dunlop brought to equip the Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha factory and support teams competing in the Superbike series, as well as the Superstock, Supersport and Formula Xtreme support classes.

"The elimination of the west banking—even with the increased number of turns on the infield—has positively impacted tire temperatures," said Jim Allen, Dunlop's manager of U.S. road racing, as he took measure of the changes made to DIS since the teams last competed here in March, 2004. "This track has always generated a lot of wear and heat in the left portion of the rear tire tread. With more infield turns, most of them lefts, we are still seeing wear on the left side," explained Allen. "But tread temperatures are down, due to less time on the banking, and that is a very good sign."

The unseasonably warm weather was a good barometer of the conditions expected for the AMA Superbike series kickoff in early March. Superbike competitors evaluated a number of Dunlop tires, six front tires and 14 rear tires in all. The variations included multi-compound rear tires and a new-generation rear tire designed to maximize turning and straight-line traction and stability. Superstock riders tested four front and six rear tires and the Supersport teams had various combinations as well.

Another significant change for the teams competing in the 2005 Daytona 200 is the AMA's decision to run the Formula Xtreme (FX) class instead of the Superbikes. For this reason, Dunlop provided FX teams with four front and six rear tires to assess, including the multiple compounds noted above.

At the conclusion of the three-day test, Allen was pleased with the results. "Overall, the changes that have been made here will make for a better race, and we applaud Daytona's management for stepping up to do so. We are looking forward to returning in March and the beginning of the AMA series."

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Source: Vreeke & Associates

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