New Dunlop D213 GP Pro launched – A proven race winner already
- Road legal Dunlop D213 GP Pro launched
- Targeted at Pro level Supersport and Superstock racing
- Full range available across Europe from July
- Already proven as a race winner
Dunlop has launched its third new hypersport tyre in just six months. The all-new D213 GP Pro has been designed for serious ‘pro’ riders and is the successor to the legendary Isle of Man TT winning D212 GP Pro.
Following a race winning debut of key sizes and compounds in major motorsport championships, Dunlop has brought forward the introduction of the full range to July. Designed for the type of rider who has race team technical support and will have a full race set-up on their sports bike, Dunlop has introduced a range of new technologies into the latest D213 GP Pro.
New Advanced Front Tyre Construction
Following successful tests in motorsport, Dunlop has introduced the latest generation of its Jointless belt (JLB) construction to the front tyre. The latest JLB design features three plies which are proven to control the deformation of the tyre under high centrifugal forces and when leaning over into corners at speed. This new JLB construction has also been designed to provide additional precision and stability under heavy braking.
The latest JLB construction has been introduced in parallel to a new front profile shape. This combination of technologies provides a greater contact patch at all lean angles, reduced steering effort and a highly responsive turn-in.
New construction for rear tyre
The use of Dunlop’s renowned JLB continues in the rear tyre construction. Here, the Mono Ply high tensile Aramid JLB provides the benefit of a strong but lightweight carcass providing an extremely high level of predictability, feedback and performance consistency.
Endurance Rear Option
Dunlop has added an endurance rear option to the D213 GP Pro range. As the most successful tyre manufacturer in the history of the FIM Endurance World Championship , Dunlop has applied the learnings from this success to the bespoke new endurance rear tyre. This features Dunlop’s latest Heat Control Technology which increases the tyre’s resistance to tearing. Heat Control Technology includes a two-layer compound with a strong and enduring outer compound complemented by base compounds which optimize running temperatures in all seasons and track configurations.
Radical Fin-shape pattern with optimised groove angles
The highly distinctive tread pattern has been designed to optimize warm up times and provide maximum road contact in dry conditions.
Race Winning Debut
In the opening round of the demanding CIV National Trophy 600 Championship at Imola, Italy, Stefano Casalotti (Yamaha) took the first win for the D213 GP Pro in its championship debut weekend.
In the opening round of IDM Supersport at Nurburgring, Kevin Wahr took the top step of the podium in both races on his Yamaha R6, a winning debut for D213 GP Pro in the top German Championship
The tyre will make its debut in the most demanding road race of them all, the Isle of Man TT in June, after being tested and selected by several leading teams.
Full HyperSport Portfolio
Dunlop has launched three new hypersport tyres in the past six months. This is a result of Dunlop seeing increased segmentation in the hypersport tyre market riders.
Andy Marfleet, European Marketing Manager, explained Dunlop’s targeting of their all-new range: “The D213 GP Pro is the pinnacle of the road legal range, chosen by the top Superstock and Supersport teams and riders in both circuit racing and road racing. For regular trackday riders, we have the new GP Racer D212, which also had a race winning debut in French Superbike last year. For the occasional track rider who uses their bike on the roads, we have also introduced the SportSmart2 Max which combines high performance with impressive road mileage capability. With three newly developed tyres we have the freshest and most innovative range to cater for every type of hypersport rider.”
About Dunlop Europe
Dunlop Europe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres with an impressive track record of motor sport successes. Dunlop Europe is a technical partner of Suzuki Endurance Race Team, Honda Racing and GMT94 Yamaha in Endurance Racing and is the Official tyre supplier to the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship.
Endurance racing has been dominated by Dunlop Europe teams and riders for the last decade, with Suzuki winning the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship, while each of John McGuinness’ Isle of Man TT wins were on Dunlop tyres.
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