Dunlop named exclusive tyre supplier to EWC Superstock class
Dunlop Motorcycle Tyres and Discovery Sports Events, the promoter of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), have announced a three-year extension to their agreement. The announcement confirms Dunlop’s status as an Official Partner to EWC, extending a successful partnership that began in 2016.
The new agreement with the promoter and the International Motorcycling Federation also confirms Dunlop as the exclusive tyre supplier to the popular Superstock class for near-standard superbikes. This means that every team in this category will use Dunlop’s proven race-winning KR range of race tyres, providing the same level of high performance, durability and first class technical support to all Superstock teams, irrespective of their size.
Dunlop, already the tyre supplier to 85% of the Superstock teams this season, will hence strengthen its presence and above all its support of independent teams. To continue this support of privateer teams, the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy will be replaced by the Dunlop Superstock Trophy. During the season, 345 sets of tyres will be provided to teams as prizes.
Wim Van Achter, Dunlop Motorsport Manager, said: “For five seasons we have promoted independent riders with the Dunlop Independent Trophy initiative. With almost all of the championship’s independent teams racing in the Superstock class, it makes sense to replace the Trophy with a programme to support all teams in the class equally. This will encourage close competition, reduce testing costs and ensure every team can benefit from championship-winning level tyres and support. It also proves Dunlop’s tyres on a wide range of showroom specification superbikes, giving track day riders the confidence they are choosing a world championship level tyre.”
Whilst the Superstock class will be exclusively Dunlop, the top Formula EWC class will remain an intense open competition between tyre manufacturers. Dunlop has been the choice of more EWC champions than any other tyre brand and was the winner’s choice in the most recent race at Most, Czech Republic, where the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took a maiden victory in a thrilling season finale.
Van Achter adds: “The open competition in the top class allows Dunlop to test and develop new technologies in the heat of world championship level racing. This technology then cascades into our tyres for one-brand categories, such as EWC Superstock, and also into our acclaimed range of track day and hypersport tyres such as GP Racer D212 and SportSmart TT.”
Dunlop Europe is one of the world's leading manufacturers of motorcycle tyres with an impressive track record of motorsport successes. Dunlop Europe is a technical partner of winning teams in the 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.