Dunlop dominates "The 6 hour” – cements position as Australia's number one motorcycle tyre

14 December 2010

Dunlop tyres dominated the podium and overall results at "The 6 Hour" Australian Endurance Championship motorcycle race held recently at the Phillip Island track (December 3-5).

After 6 hours of grueling competition at one of the toughest circuits on racing tyres in the world, the top 9 riders across the finish line all chose Dunlop tyres, as well as Dunlop shod competitors taking out 6 of the 7 racing classifications. Class champions utilising Dunlop rubber included Wayne Maxwell and Josh Brooks (Superbike 1000), Nick Waters and Chris McLaren (Superstock 1000), Christan Casella, Jed Metcher and John Chiodo (Supersport 600), and Simon Galloway, Angus Reekie and Phil Lovett (Production, Bears and Veteran).

Dunlop National Motorcycle & Motorsport Manager, Ken Wieden, congratulated the winners at the event and commented on the Dunlop tyre performance at the race. "I would like to congratulate all of the riders and teams that took part in "The 6 Hour", particularly the racers that chose Dunlop tyres to assist them in getting the edge over their competitors," Wieden said.

"I think to say that Dunlop dominated the tyre battle at the event would be an understatement, the closest competitor tyre was 18 laps behind the leading Dunlop tyre!

"With the top 9 riders across the finish line, as well as 6 out of the 7 class winners all on Dunlop's including the prestigious Superbike 1000 bracket champions Wayne (Maxwell) and Josh (Brooks), we were very pleased with how our products performed.

"These results just reinforce Dunlop's position as one of the world's leading tyre brands and why we are the number one choice for the top motorsport and motorcycle series in Australia."

It became apparent in the early practice sessions that Dunlop would be the dominant tyre product at "The 6 Hour" with many teams switching from other brands to Dunlop to allow them to be competitive. While the Superbike teams used Dunlop's new 2011 Australian Superbike (ASBK) P.I. spec control tyre, other racing classes utilised Dunlop's "off-the-shelf" race tyres that are readily available to every rider around the country.

Overall winner and Superbike 1000 Champion, Wayne Maxwell, also paid credit to how his Dunlop tyres assisted him over the weekend.

"The tyres were simply awesome," Maxwell said. "We were able to keep consistently fast lap times from start to finish in each session."

"The 6 Hour" Dunlop Tyre Fast Facts:

  • 5 brands of tyres were represented at the event
  • 15 out of the 40 starters chose Dunlop tyres
  • 9 out of the top 10 Qualifiers chose Dunlop tyres
  • 9 out of the top 10 Superpole contenders chose Dunlop tyres
  • After 6 hours of grueling racing, the top 9 riders across the finish line chose Dunlop tyres
  • The closest competitor tyre was 18 laps behind the leading Dunlop tyre
  • As well as being on the outright winner, Dunlop tyres were also on 6 out of the 7 class

 

Winners at the event:

  • Superbike 1000 - Wayne Maxwell and Josh Brooks
  • Superstock 1000 - Nick Waters and Chris McLaren
  • Supersport 600 - Christan Casella, Jed Metcher and John Chiodo
  • Production - Simon Galloway, Angus Reekie and Phil Lovett
  • Bears - Simon Galloway, Angus Reekie and Phil Lovett
  • Veterans - Simon Galloway, Angus Reekie and Phil Lovett


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Media contact:
Ken Wieden
Dunlop Motorcycle & Motorsport Manager
Phone: 0419 253 976
Email: ken_wieden@goodyear.com

James Peate
Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres Communications Manager
Phone: 03 8416 7319
Email: james_peate@goodyear.com

 

About Dunlop
Dunlop Tyres is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres with an impressive track record of motorsport success. Dunlop's extensive experience has led to innovative technologies for tyres designed for motorsport, everyday motoring, commercial and agricultural applications. Always looking to maximize driving pleasure, Dunlop offers all types of motorists the performance and durability of the latest tyre technologies.

Many of the most prestigious automotive manufacturers fit Dunlop tyres as original equipment, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, AMG, Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rover, Seat, Skoda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Aprilia, Benelli, Buell, Derbi, Ducati, Harley Davidson, HRD, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, MV Agusta, Piaggio, Suzuki, Vertemati, Yamaha. For more information on Dunlop Tyres, please visit www.dunloptyres.com.au

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