International two-wheeler publication Motorcycle News has named Metzeler Racetech RR the Tyre of the Year 2015. The team from Motorcycle News conducted a comparision test at the Jerez circuit earlier this year. In the test, Metzeler Racetec RR was judged to be the “best sporty tyre” among the tyres from five other manufacturers.
The Metzeler tyre was able to produce best lap time at tyre pressure more suited to street riding. Metzeler Racetec RR is available in three variants, K1, K2 and K3. However for the test, the K3 compound tyres, which are designed for both road and track use, were used. The K1 and K2 compounds, though more suited for track use, however, are street legal.
The Metzeler Racetec RRs are quite popular in the road races including the famous Isle of Man TT. Ian Hutchinson, who has won both the Isle of Man Supersport races and one Superstock race, was using Racetec RRs for these competitions. These tyres also dominated the podium at both Isle of Man TT and North West 200 road races.
Road racing is one of the most demanding racing event where several factors like long circuit length, high speeds, altitude, temperature variation and tarmac irregularity require high-performance tyres that can adapt well to the varying conditions.
Motorcycle News senior road tester Michael Neeves explained, “The Metzeler Racetec RR tyre stood up to the toughest of MCN tests. We pushed it to the limit on track and on the road and it handled everything we threw at it with ease. It is a truly fantastic tyre that has the ability to transition from road to track.”
This tyre was pitted against some great products like Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, Bridgestone Battlax RS10, Dunlop Sportmax GP Racer D211, Continental ContiRaceAttack Comp and Michelin Power Supersport.