Dunlop breaking new ground in Malaysia
First edition of the EWC 8 Hours of Sepang
Dunlop provide continuous tyre development and feedback
After a successful Bol d’Or 24hr, Dunlop head to the inaugural 2019-20 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) 8 Hours of Sepang full of confidence.
The tricky weather conditions at the Bol d’Or 24hr showcased the adaptability and consistency of the Dunlop tyre range as Team Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) took top honours in France.
The Sepang International Circuit however poses a brand new test for all 20 bikes utilising the Dunlop tyre. The 5.5km circuit features sweeping corners and wide straights including a 927 metre back straight.
The field includes manufacturer teams and privateers, with the latter group competing for the prestigious Dunlop Independent Trophy.
One of the manufacturer supported teams choosing Dunlop is BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. Team Manager, Werner Daemen, looks ahead to the race: “This is the first season we are working with Dunlop and to score a podium finish on our debut showcased the technical development and integration of the Dunlop team. The 8 Hours of Sepang provides a brand new challenge for the team and tyre. Having Dunlop’s latest technologies gives the team and riders confidence that they will be able to cope with varying conditions.”
Dunlop’s Tyre Technology
Roland Wozniak, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport says: “Heading to a historic moment of the first EWC race at Sepang, Dunlop will bring a range of tyres that provide grip and stability in changeable conditions. We are very confident that our tyres will be able to perform in the notoriously variable weather conditions of Sepang.”
Dunlop have continued to push the boundaries of their tyre technology, providing continues tyre development and constant feedback that have helped top EWC teams to race victories. Team SERT, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and VRD IGOL Pierret Experiences have all benefited from Dunlop’s technology.
“Dunlop’s continuous tyre development has been tremendously beneficial in our pursuit for victories. Over a season we want a tyre that can perform in a variety of conditions. The extreme heat of Malaysia will provide a fresh test, however I am very confident that the tyres will perform at the highest level.” says VRD IGOL Pierret Experiences, Team Manager, Yannick Lucot.
Dunlop Independent Trophy
After a strong opening round to season five of the Dunlop Independent Trophy (DIT) in which Wójcik Racing Team dominated the trophy and finished second overall behind fellow Dunlop team SERT. The Polish team will look to replicate their podium finish and have the opportunity to challenge the manufacturer teams.
The DIT provide support to the privateer teams with financial incentives and Dunlop’s tyre technology. With a total amount of €140,000 in prize money awarded over the 2019-20 season, this financial incentive helps privateer teams compete with manufacturers.
Dunlop Europe is one of the world's leading manufacturers of tyres with an impressive track record of motorsport successes. Dunlop Europe is a technical partner of Suzuki Endurance Race Team and Honda Racing in motorcycle Endurance World Championship Racing, the official tyre supplier to the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship and the most successful tyre brand in the history of the Isle of Man TT. Off-road, Dunlop is the choice of MXGP race winners and champions. On four wheels, Dunlop is the most successful tyre manufacturer in the history of the Le Mans 24h race.