Dunlop brings a new slick tyre to the Isle of Man TT
As the most successful tyre brand to compete at the Isle of Man TT (IOMTT), Dunlop will look to continue that success by bringing the new KR108 slick tyre to the world-famous race.
Developed over the winter at a range of test circuits, including a final validation at the traditional pre-IOMTT test at the Castle Combe Circuit, the KR108 has been designed to heat up faster and give the rider more grip and confidence at the start of the race.
The KR108 tyre has been developed with multi-tread technology, jointless belt technology and the NTEC - Pressure Adjustment System. These have been designed to improve handling, cornering ability and reduce tyre wear.
Tested on both 600cc Supersport and 1000cc Superbikes, the tyre test was described as ‘very positive’ with IOM TT riders Dave Johnson, Ian Hutchinson and Conor Cummins all on Honda machinery.
The tyre test has given Dunlop the understanding of how the new technology will react to different bikes and riding styles.
Dunlop’s Road Racing Event Leader, Pat Walsh, explains the benefits: “The new slick tyre will give the riders more grip and confidence. We will have compounds suitable for both cool and warmer conditions that will heat up straight from the start line.”
Dunlop’s pedigree in the IOMTT is well recognised, having 13 consecutive Senior TT wins, and they currently hold three lap records on the 37.73-mile (60.7km) course.
Isle of Man TT
The TT has qualifying each evening until May 31 (except Sunday, May 26). The first race begins on June 1, with the Superbike TT Race and ends on June 7, with the Senior TT Race.
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.