Tyre war set to re­sume at TT

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

The ri­valry head­ing into this year’s TT is more in­tense than ever be­fore, but it’s not just Michael Dun­lop and Ian Hutchinson go­ing head to head as they set off on the Moun­tain Course.

The tyre war be­tween Dun­lop and Met­zeler has only been height­ened af­ter both Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin switched from Met­zeler to Dun­lop this year, with Hutchinson stat­ing his switch to Dun­lops is what he con­sid­ers a ne­ces­sity if he’s to beat Michael Dun­lop in the Su­per­bike and Se­nior Races.

How­ever, Met­zeler head to the TT on a high af­ter a clean sweep of vic­to­ries at the North West 200. In 2016, Met­zeler locked out the podium in both the first Su­pers­port TT and Su­per­stock race, but with Hutchinson hav­ing now left the mar­que, their hopes are pinned on the likes of Rut­ter, Har­ri­son and Hil­lier.

Pirelli Met­zeler haven’t won a Su­per­bike or Se­nior TT since Cameron Don­ald took vic­tory for Re­lent­less Suzuki in the 2008 Su­per­bike race.

Hutchy is run­ning Dun­lops this year

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