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dunlop reports scintillating summer

Dunlop reports an incredible summer of road racing at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, with Dunlop riders on the top step of the podium15 times so far in 2019.
Dunlop’s continuous tyre development and proven success in road racing have contributed to the tyre manufacturer being used for 18 current single rider lap and race records.

North West 200

Held on an 8.9-mile road course between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush in Causeway Coast and Glens, the North West 200 is one of the fastest races in the world with riders hitting speeds of 200mph. Dunlop rider Lee Johnston began the North West 200 with a brilliant home victory in the SuperSport race, while multiple road racing winner Peter Hickman took victory in the Superstock race.

Isle of Man TT

As a road racing flagship event, the TT has been the centre of Dunlop’s success in the 2019 season with nearly three-quarters of the race-winning riders at the 2019 TT using Dunlop tyres.
Peter Hickman translated Dunlop’s tyre technology to the road by taking victory in the Superstock, Supersport and Superbike TT races, while Lee Johnston took his maiden Isle of Man TT victory in the Supersport race and Michael Rutter secured the all-electric TT zero race cementing Dunlop’s dominance in the electric class. Dunlop was the most successful tyre supplier at the 2019 Isle of Man TT.

Ulster Grand Prix

Dunlop’s success continued at the Ulster Grand Prix with Hickman recording an unprecedented seven wins from seven starts. The Burton upon Trent-born rider translated his race victories into outright pace by setting a new outright lap record of 136.415mph on-board his Smith’s S1000RR BMW bike around the 7.3 mile Dundrod circuit. The new record was 2.6 seconds faster than the old mark and almost 1mph quicker than his TT record of 135.452mph. This re-established the Ulster circuit as the ‘fastest road racing track in the world’ in a long-running battle with the TT track.

Finally, Derek Sheils won the Irish Road Racing Superbike Championship after taking a double win at the Munster 100 Road Races ahead of the Ulster GP.

Pat Walsh, Dunlop’s Road Racing expert, stated: “We’ve had a brilliant summer so far thanks to the close co-operation of teams and riders helping us develop the best tyres for the roads. We now turn our attention to the Manx GP, Classic TT and helping our loyal partners prepare for the traditional Macau GP road-racing season closer in November.”


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