Avon Motorcycle Tyres will return to the 2018 Classic TT, supplying tyres to some of the most prestigious race bikes at the event. With practice currently underway, John McGuinness has already made his much-anticipated return on Saturday evening in first practice for the Senior Classic TT Race. Using Avon AM22 race tyres, McGuinness set the fastest time of the event.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has taken on 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness on each other’s race-winning machinery. Hosted by Dunlop and Honda, the head-to-head took place at Scotland’s Knockhill circuit on Monday. Shedden swapped his race-winning Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R for McGuinness’ Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP for 30 laps of the Scottish track. (See full article for the video.)
Dunlop’s motorsport reputation continues to be tied to the Isle of Man TT. The tyre brand supplied three winners, with a further seven podium places claimed on Dunlop rubber in 2015 – it is the most successful tyre manufacturer in the history of the races.
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has lent his support to TyreSafe’s message to fans loading their bikes up and heading to the island this week. The tyre safety organisation said that the involvement of McGuinness, who has competed in the event since 1996 and has the second most race wins in its history, “highlights the importance” of its message. While TyreSafe has been successful in recruiting supporters from within the tyre industry and from institutions such as regional police forces, this shows even further growth into the world of motorsport. The 2015 TT starts on Saturday, with tens of thousands of riders and fans descending on the island to follow the two weeks of races.
Dunlop will be the ‘Official Tyre Partner’ of the 2014 Isle of Man TT races, having signed a new multi-year deal. The tyre brand has competed in all but two years of the championship since its first in 1907. John McGuinness and Joey Dunlop are among the many riders to have shod their bikes with Dunlop tyres, and the manufacturer has claimed more TT wins than any other tyre brand.