Motorsports, be it of any kind, serves as a perfect platform for tyre manufacturers to develop new kinds of technologies for the road. The extremity and complexity of competitive racing means manufacturers are always devising new methods and ways to get the best performance out of their products. And when a manufacturer competes in an event like the Isle of Mann TT, it makes the competition all the more challenging.
Dunlop Tyres has a rich motorsports history when it comes to the Isle of Mann TT (IOMTT) as the tyre manufacturer claims that it is the most successful tyre maker in the history of the races. Which it kind of justified as Dunlop bagged 10 podium finishes – including 3 wins- and set new lap records in the 2015 edition of the IOMTT.
The 2015 IOMTT concluded recently with Dunlop tyres fitted motorcycles claiming wins in the Superbike, TT Zero and Senior TT classes. In addition, IOMTT legend John McGuinness shattered the outright lap record at the circuit with a blistering average speed of 213.56km/h! McGuinness claimed his 23rd TT win in 2015. In the Senior TT Class, McGuinness has now equaled Mike Hailwood’s record of seven victories.
“I really did give it everything I could and the reaction coming in to the pits was amazing – it felt like it did when I broke the first 130mph lap.”- commented John McGuinness.
Bruce Anstey, another Dunlop powered rider, claimed his 10th Isle of Man TT win, and first in the RST Superbike class. Speaking on his tyre choice, he said, “My team got me through the pits perfectly and going into the third lap the reaction from the crowd was great. I had a couple of issues in the Superbike race on Sunday but after sitting down with my team, one of the only changes I made to my Honda was switching my tyre compound to the one that Bruce Anstey won on during the Superbike race – clearly the right choice.”
Besides that, Dunlop riders claimed all three steps on the podium in the TT Zero with McGuinness setting a new lap record for the electric class of 192km/h.
Commenting on Dunlop Tyres performance at the 2015 IOMTT, Mark Sears, Dunlop’s motorcycle product support manager said, “We’ve had another fantastic year at the TT in 2015. There is nothing like the atmosphere in the winners enclosure on Senior TT day and it was topped off for us by seeing John McGuinness take the win. Racing in the Isle of Man TT plays a particularly important role in developing tyres for the road. As an open competition between tyre manufacturers it further enhances Dunlop’s relentless drive to innovate and develop new technologies to heighten product performance. We have been involved in the Isle of Man TT Races since the first event in 1907. It is this experience, as with John McGuinness, which we see as one of the key drivers to our unparalleled success in the event.”