Mitas Terra Force-MX Sand 2 for sandy motocross terrains
Motocross riders will soon have a new tyre to conquer deep sand with added traction and control when the new Mitas Terra Force-MX Sand 2 comes off the line this October. Developed and tested with racers, this new rear tyre was designed to give top traction in deep and soft sand. The new tread pattern will replace the current Sand pattern for rear wheels.
Continental supporting Bobby Bolton’s 10,000-mile UK to Australia road trip
Continental Tyres is supporting “global nomad” Bobby Bolton in his attempt to drive his converted MAN truck 10,000 miles from the UK to Australia. Conti has fitted four off-road optimised HCS tyres to the truck and installed the ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure monitoring system and ContiConnect digital tyre management system, enabling remote monitoring of temperatures and pressures. Bolton will travel through more than 25 countries with his Labrador, Red, on their journey. Bolton has documented on his social media channels the preparation of his 18-tonne, four-wheel-drive overland-style truck for the hostile terrain it will encounter on the journey south. The travellers will use the load bed of the former water bowser as accommodation while on the road.
Yokohama Advan-liveried car finishes 1st in Round 8 of the 2023 Nürburgring Endurance Series
Walkenhorst Motorsport’s Advan-liveried #34 BMW M4 GT3 running on Yokohama’s Advan A005 (dry) and A006 (wet) tyres claimed first place in Round 8 of the 2023 Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) on 23 September. Driven by Christian Krognes and Jakub Giermaziak, the team qualified fifth and took the lead around the race’s midpoint, widening the gap with the rest of the field before taking the checkered flag more than two minutes ahead of the second-place car.
Ducati rider Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) won both the Superpole Race and Race 2 to widen the gap in the World Superbike Championship 2023 standings. There was a double win for Nicolò Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) with the WorldSSP Championship title becoming closer. The WorldSSP300 victory went to Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki), who also claimed first place in the 300 standings. Tyre supplier Pirelli’s SC1 front and SCX rear were used by almost all the riders on the starting grid
Freddie Lindgren took advantage of World championship leader Bartosz Zmarzlik’s absence from the FIM Speedway GP of Denmark to close the gap on the Polish rider going into the last Grand Prix of the 2023 season. NGK-sponsored Lindgren finished second behind Denmark’s Leon Madsen after three-time World champion Zmarzlik was disqualified from the event and fined €600 having been “found to be wearing a race suit which did not conform to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Regulations 2023 during the qualifying practice and the starting number selection for the meeting.”
Bryce Menzies has won the Baja 400 for the third consecutive year in his Toyo Tires equipped Trophy Truck. Menzies previously claimed the Baja 500 and Mexican 1000 Races in 2023. Toyo-equipped trucks won all three trophy truck classes: Gustavo Vildósola Sr secured another victory in the Trophy Truck Legends class, while Jason McNeil claimed top spot in the Trophy Truck Spec class. These successes translate into a commanding lead in championship points across all three Trophy Truck categories this season. Each driver is now poised to begin the upcoming SCORE Baja 1000 race in November from pole position.
YART Yamaha wins Endurance World Championship on Bridgestone Battlax tyres
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team won the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) title on Bridgestone Battlax tyres at Circuit Paul Ricard (16-17 September), Le Castellet, France. It is the fourth time and the third consecutive year that a team using Bridgestone’s flagship motorcycle tyres has won the EWC title. The brand has been supplying the tyres, which are designed to provide high grip, durability and comfort handling, to teams in the EWC series since 2017. YART Yamaha Official EWC Team, one of the three teams supported by Bridgestone, finished second in the opening race and first in the second race of the series, concluding the series with fourth place in the Bol dOr 24-hour endurance race.
New Hankook Ventus Race tyre makes successful debut in 24H Series in Barcelona
Hankook’s newest Ventus Race tyre, the C54 H, a slightly lighter model than its predecessor, made its debut at the Hankook 24H Barcelona. The European finale of the 24H Series powered by Hankook proved a fitting challenge for the new tyre, subjecting it to high levels of stress on the coarse asphalt and unique kerbs of the Formula 1 hosting circuit in Catalonia. Hankook says the new Ventus Race passed these tests with flying colours, helping the overall winner to set a new record distance of 725 laps.
Giti-sponsored Truck Team Holten delivers four-by-four
Giti-sponsored Truck Team Holten’s modified Mercedes 1622 800HP finished in fourth place in the Rallye Breslau while completing its fourth consecutive year on a set of Giti tyres. The Netherlands-based team entered two vehicles in the Cross Country Trucks category, with the Mercedes team recording five top three finishes in a field of 10 while the Scania 4x4 630 started well, completing the prologue and the first two legs before having to withdraw with significant engine damage. Both vehicles fit the Giti GAO897 mixed service tyre in size 14.00R20. The tyre is designed to work across a wide range of air pressures to optimise performance in different conditions and in temperatures ranging from 55˚C to a minimum of -40˚C.
Prado, Adamo secure motocross world championships on Pirelli
Pirelli is celebrating reaching 81 titles in the FIM Motocross World Championship after the penultimate round of the 2023 World Championship (Maggiora Park, Italy). Two new world titles were secured one round early by Jorge Prado Garcia (Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing) in MXGP and Andrea Adamo (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in MX2. Both riders have used Pirelli’s Scorpion MX32 tyre range throughout the season to dominate.
Pirelli becomes Goodwood Motor Circuit official tyre partner
Pirelli has signed a new partnership with Goodwood Motor Circuit to become the venerable circuit’s official tyre partner, extending its existing arrangement with the circuits banner Festival of Speed event. Pirelli will supply innovative tyres and comprehensive support for a wide range of motorsport events and activities at the circuit on the historic Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. As a result of the collaboration, Goodwood’s complete collection of vehicles will fit the latest Pirelli rubber.
After serving as sole tyre supplier to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) since 2021, Pirelli will pass on the baton at the end of next season. The tyre maker has announced having “not submitted its candidature” to supply WRC from 2025-2027. As a result, Pirelli will conclude its partnership as a single supplier to the WRC in 2024.
Staffordshire University Formula Student team gets bespoke laser cutting from local engineering firm, KMT
The student led Staffordshire University Racing team finished in second place at Formula Student 2023 at Silverstone. The team asked local engineering business KMT to produce a bespoke welding jig to allow the assembly of a custom racing exhaust for the project using its laser cutting machine. Jayson Prince, a member of the race team and project engineer at Klarius, the UK’s largest manufacturer of aftermarket exhausts, expands: “I designed a custom exhaust system to fit the high-revving 675cc bike engine fitted to our race car. A key process in assembling the exhaust is producing a jig so that the manifold and pipes can be welded together as a complete system. I had already designed a jig but required a laser cutter and press brake to produce it. Thankfully, KMT was happy to help.”
Motorsport RFID tyre tags: Sumitomo Rubber Industries partners with Avery Dennison
Sumitomo Rubber Industries Motorsport Department has selected Avery Dennison’s AD Maxdura tyre tag for use by endurance racing teams on Falken tyres. Teams will benefit from new data to help them prepare and improve race performance. With a unique RFID transponder implanted in each tyre, information can be read automatically and used to identify precisely which tyres are in use from the pit to the track. To further boost control, as well as stock and performance management, the Avery Dennison Maxdura Tire Tag enables teams to optimize real-time inventory and logistics. In addition, providing a unique ID for each tyre is intended to “improve reuse and recycling processes after the race to make events more environmentally sustainable.”
Davanti launches Protoura Race, the brand’s first track tyre
Davanti Tyres has launched its first semi-slick track tyre, the Protoura Race. The tyre, designed to offer the power and handling to achieve podium results, was tested at Applus IDIADA and Calafat Circuit in Spain, as well as at the UK’s Formula One host circuit, Silverstone. Its features include a directional tread pattern for superior wet control, enhanced carcass strength for more driver feedback and control under high cornering forces experienced on race tracks; a new compound to provide the grip required for faster acceleration and harder braking; and a road-legal, semi-slick tread design to allow amateur racers to drive to and from the track. Davanti adds that the tyre will be available in sizes between 13” and 18”.