Four Isle of Man TT winners on Dunlop in 2011
Dunlop increased its tally of victories to 17 over the last four years, as riders using the company’s rubber took wins in the Superbike, Supersport 1, Superstock and Senior TT races in 2011. The 92nd running of the Isle of Man TT race saw yet another victory for Honda TT Legends rider John McGuiness in the final TT race, completing the 37.73 mile (60.72 km) Mountain Course. “This was an excellent performance from Dunlop-shod teams and riders,” said Dunlop Motorsport sales manager motorcycle race, Pat Walsh.
“The Dunlop service team worked extremely hard to achieve these results so many thanks to the design team, service engineers and the Birmingham factory for providing us with the product to make this happen. The tyre fitters at the event were a crucial part of our success.”
The Supersport and Superstock victories were achieved using Dunlop’s D211 GP tyre, with a road legal tread pattern, homologated for race use and built at Dunlop’s Motorsport department in Birmingham. The technology developed for this tyre is applied to Dunlop’s road legal GP Racer D211 tyres, as available to discerning track day enthusiasts who also want the best performance on the road.
“Dunlop has a long history of success at the Isle of Man TT which stretches back to the very first race win there in 1907,” said Dunlop Motorsport Manager Motorcycle EU, Steve Male. “The Mountain Course is a closed public road so this gives us the best test possible of our products, and the lessons learned at the TT are directly applicable to our commercially available products.
“The D211 GP is a tremendous tyre, and this was illustrated once more by our two TT wins this year in the Supersport and Superstock categories. The technology developed for this tyre was initially used on the GP Racer D211 and is now being applied in the new award winning SportSmart which is a testament to the effectiveness of Dunlop’s commitment to race to road technology transfer.
“Our MultiTread compound and NTEC technologies give superb dry grip with fast warm-up times and great handling, which are good for the road and also in competition, as highlighted by our further TT wins in 2011.”
In addition to McGuiness’ victories on Dunlop’s racing slicks in the Senior TT and Superbike TT, Bruce Anstey took victory for Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda in the Supersport Race 1, Michael Dunlop won the Superstock Race for Street Sweep Kawasaki, both running on the Birmingham manufactured D211 GP.