The promoter of the FIM MXGP World Championship has extended its partnership with Dunlop. Infront Moto Racing has signed the tyre brand up to a new three-year partnership agreement to be an official tyre supplier of the series.
A new generation of Dunlop enduro tyre has arrived. Dunlop says its Geomax Enduro EN91 builds on the knowledge the tyre maker has gained at world championship level to deliver “incredibly versatile performance for a wide range of off-road riders.” The EN91 replaces the Geomax Enduro D909.
At its Motocross of Nations (MXoN) press conference, Dunlop revealed the latest Geomax range addition, the MX53. This will be part of the brand’s portfolio for the 2020 MXGP and Supercross seasons. The tyre sits between the ‘super-hard’ terrain MX71 and the highly versatile MX33 in Dunlop’s wide Geomax portfolio.
The 73rd Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) took place at Assen, which saw a home win for Team Netherlands. The MXoN rounded off the season by bringing together the top motocross riders from around the world to race for their country, rather than for rider and manufacturer honours. The event also features multiple tyre manufacturers, and Dunlop emerged from the weekend with five wins from seven races (including three qualifying races, a B-final and three heats of the final). Dunlop also unveiled its latest addition to the Geomax range during the event.
One of the technologies Dunlop race-tested during its engagement in FIM World Motocross Grand Prix Championship (MXGP) last year was an improved tread pattern with tie-bars between shoulder blocks. When coupled with a new block arrangement, this configuration provided higher resistance against cracking when ridden on firm intermediate terrain. Dunlop also found this resistance was further helped by an all-new compound with higher shear resistance. It has now incorporated these developments into a new multi-terrain MX tyre, the Dunlop Geomax MX33.
Thanks to experience gained with the Geomax range in MXGP competition, Dunlop says its newest product, the Geomax MX12, benefits from three new design features that deliver a “significant step forward in performance over its MX11 forerunner.”
The 1986 edition of the Motocross of Nations marked the beginning of the modern era of motocross, and 30 years later the MXoN was back on the historic ‘Mottaccio del Balmone’ track in Maggiora, attended by more than 40,000 fans on the hill at the foot of the small town in Piemonte. The national teams selected three riders each to compete for the prestigious ‘Chamberlain Trophy’. On a track characterized by a medium-hard soil, Pirelli’s riders fitted the Scorpion MX32 Mid Soft that, both front and rear, and the tyre manufacturer said it demonstrated their high level of performance.
After finishing 2015’s FIM Motocross World Championship season with riders in second, third and fourth in the Championship, Dunlop has increased its efforts to supply championship challengers in 2016. The MXGP season opens in Qatar at the Losail track on 27 February with 19 events taking place around the world, culminating in a finale in the USA in September.
Dunlop heads to Spain with its 11 riders for the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship on Sunday. The Talavera de la Reina track is hard pack and last year saw Steven Frossard take a race victory on the Kawasaki using Dunlop’s hard terrain Geomax MX52 front and medium terrain Geomax MX32 rear.
Kiara Fontanesi prevailed in the closest and most competitive FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (WMX) for several seasons. The championship was claimed at Loket in the Czech Republic, with Fontanesi winning the first moto and finishing third in race two on her Yamaha, fitted with tyre supplier, Dunlop’s Geomax MX32 front and MX52.