"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."