Motorcycle Racing News Dunlop Makes History at Mid-Ohio AMA

Dunlop Makes History at Mid-Ohio AMA

2012-dunlop-makes-history-at-mid-ohio-ama (1)Dunlop Tops AMA Pro Road Racing Podium

History was made this past weekend at the AMA Pro Road Racing national at Mid-Ohio when Dunlop riders topped the podium on U.S.-built Dunlop 200/55R17 KR449 rear slicks.

This new tire-developed with input from the top AMA Pro Superbike racers and manufactured in the U.S.-was recently introduced to the AMA Pro Superbike riders as an additional option to Dunlop’s two current UK-made rear slicks, and at Mid-Ohio it proved to be the tire of choice.

In Saturday’s National Guard AMA Pro Superbike race, the top six riders all used the KR449 rear slick, and on Sunday the KR449 again swept the Superbike podium. Roger Lee Hayden turned the fastest race lap of the weekend chasing down double-winner Josh Hayes, and that lap time was three-tenths of a second quicker than the fastest race lap set in 2011 by Blake Young, proving that the development of the KR449 has contributed to even more competitive lap times in the AMA Pro Superbike field.

More impressive, the same Buffalo, NY-built Dunlop 200/55R17 KR449 rear tire that topped Mid-Ohio in the hands of the fastest Superbike riders in the country is also available to amateur racers through Dunlop’s Race Tire Service (see additional information below).

Sabastian Mincone (Dunlop Senior Road Race Manager) says: “To win back-to-back AMA Pro Superbike races and sweep both podiums on a tire that’s affordable and available to amateur racers is something we are very proud of.

“Now you can race on the same tire that Josh Hayes used to win back-to-back nationals at Mid-Ohio. The KR449 has been in development for some time and marks a significant commitment from Dunlop to offer our top racing products to racers at every level.”

The KR449 is available through Race Tire Service at 800-772-TIRE (800-772-8473). The direct line for orders or tech questions is 615-641-3323; fax 615-641-8959. Also, the KR449 can be ordered via email at info@dunlopracing.com, and online orders or requests for information can be obtained at dunlopracing.com.

Race Tire Service is available for phone orders from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time (7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pacific time). Orders placed before 2:00 PM Central time will ship that day. All messages left will be returned the next day so orders can be shipped as quickly as possible.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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