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The one area of equip­ment that will def­i­nitely di­vide Dun­lop and Hutchin­son in 2016 is tyres. Hutchy will use Met­zeler rub­ber as he did with the PBM squad last sea­son while Dun­lop con­tin­ues to use the prod­ucts of his name­sake.

“Last year I was new to the Met­zeler thing and I wouldn’t have had a clue what tyre I had in any of my bikes, code-wise or what­ever,” the Hutchin­son says.

“They were put in and I rode my bike, that was it and I had no in­put.”

The sit­u­a­tion is al­ready very dif­fer­ent for this sea­son as Met­zeler try to in­flict de­feat on their ri­vals in a Su­per­bike TT race for the first time since 2008.

“I went to the Met­zeler test in Spain re­cently and tested 30 dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions of tyres in three days so I know ex­actly what I’ve got this year and what I need,” the York­shire racer says. “I know what they all are, what they all feel like and what they all do. I’ve made notes on ev­ery sin­gle tyre I have tried.”

Michael Dun­lop’s brief 2014 flir­ta­tion with Met­zeler be­fore his re­turn to Dun­lop gives him a unique per­spec­tive on the bat­tle of the rub­ber. Although he clearly feels Dun­lop still of­fers an ad­van­tage, he is re­luc­tant to talk it up too much.

“Met­zeler is push­ing it and if you look at the riders who have the 132mph laps at the TT it is pretty evenly di­vided,” he said.

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