The ul­ti­mate test of tyres

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Mcn sport -

Al­though Metzeler have shod the win­ning bikes at the TT and the other in­ter­na­tional road meet­ings, the Ital­ian com­pany has failed to break Dun­lop’s stran­gle­hold on the two big­gest races, the Su­per­bike and Se­nior TTS.

Cameron Don­ald’s 2008 Su­per­bike TT vic­tory on Pirellis was the last time Dun­lop lost a Moun­tain course six-lap­per. It was also the last time the TAS team won one of the prin­ci­pal TT races.

Does Hutchy see this as a bad omen?

“I want to win and if I thought I couldn’t win on Met­zel­ers I wouldn’t be on them,” is his in­stant re­tort.

“Last year I was told that the Dun­lop Su­per­stock tyre was go­ing to ab­so­lutely an­ni­hi­late ev­ery other make and I won the Su­per­stock TT. I also broke the lap record on a Su­per­stock Metzeler at the North West. That’s the treaded tyre but I think the Su­per­bike tyre is pretty close to be­ing a match for the Dun­lop tyre now.”

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