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Record number of teams choose Dunlop for World Championship MXGP

MXGP of Patagonia, Argentina preview

  • Dunlop ready for the season opener in Argentina this weekend

  • Husqvarna and Standing Construct KTM make the switch to Dunlop

This weekend, the 2019 FIM MXGP World Championship begins in Patagonia, Argentina, dropping the gate to a 19-round tour of some of the globe’s most spectacular motorsport venues.

The intense MXGP season climaxes in Hong Kong on September 22nd, but there’s no rest for the teams, for just a week later the ‘Olympics of Motocross’ takes place at the Netherland’s temple of speed - Assen.

Dunlop Geomax tyres have been used to win top class MXGPs in every one of the last five years. For 2019, Dunlop has increased its investment in MXGP by accelerating development of its range and attracting new top-level teams to switch tyre supplier.

After extensive testing, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team decided to change to Dunlop’s innovative Geomax tyre range and signed a three-year partnership. At the same time, Standing Construct KTM announced a switch to Dunlop for the 2019 season. With loyal Dunlop partners Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team and Wilvo Yamaha continuing their tyre partnerships in the MXGP class, it means that Dunlop has its strongest top-level line up in modern motocross history. Other MXGP teams choosing Dunlop include JWR Yamaha and Scandinavian Racing Sports in a class that features three tyre companies battling for honours.

Dunlop Motorsport Manager, Wim van Achter, is proud of the growth in Dunlop use in top-level motocross: “ Both Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing and Standing Construct KTM tested Dunlop tyres on various forms of terrain before choosing to make the change. It is a strong validation of our latest Dunlop Geomax range, including the versatile multi-terrain MX33.”

The ‘tyre war’ in MX2 is even more intense. Five tyre companies are represented and the Dunlop teams include Kemea Yamaha, Team Diga Procross, Bike It DRT Kawasaki, Hitachi KTM, REVO Husqvarna and Yamaha SM Action.

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