After 31 years of dedicated service at Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Jim Allen, Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing, will retire on April 1, 2010. Allen joined the company in 1979 as a tire test coordinator and progressed over the years in various positions within the company, including tire construction and service engineer, motorcycle race coordinator, road race manager and in 1998 was named Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing.When Allen joined Dunlop he was already a highly regarded member of the motorcycle industry. Allen came to Dunlop with an extensive background in road racing, having competed extensively in Canada as well as the U.S. During that time Allen collected two prestigious Canadian National number one plates in 1973 and 1977. His first-ever race in an AMA event was at Daytona, where he raced on Dunlop tires. Throughout his career, Allen has served as the epitome of professionalism, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the sport in all that he does.
"Words cannot adequately express what Jim Allen has meant to the AMA road race paddock and the entire sport," said Mike Buckley Vice President, Motorcycle Tires. "Jimmy is an icon in our sport, and his expertise has played a role in the careers of hundreds of racers, including every American champion for the past few decades." Allen’s successor as Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing will be Sabastian Mincone. Sabastian joined Dunlop Motorcycle USA in February 2008 as Manager, Motorcycle Road Racing, transferring from the Dunlop Tires Motorsport Division in Birmingham, England where he held the position of Sales and Product Manager, Motorcycle Motorsport Europe. Mincone began his professional career with Dunlop Tires in 2002 based in the United Kingdom. Following that start, he fulfilled a number of senior roles within Dunlop Tires UK, bringing an international perspective and understanding to all the roles he has filled."Jim Allen has left big shoes to fill," said Buckley. "But we have every confidence that Sabastian is the man to fill those shoes. Both Jim and Sabastian have our congratulations and well wishes as they take on their future endeavors, and we are certain that many in the industry will also want to wish them well."