Dunlop prepares for 24-hour Spa Francorchamps race

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Dunlop will bring 3,500 tires to the Spa-Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium for a new 24-hour FIM Endurance World Championship race, as the exclusive supplier to the Superstock class of motorbikes.

The event will see Dunlop supply tires for 23 motorbikes, consisting of a slick tire allocation made up of different specifications of the KR range. Formula EWC teams will have the choice of three front and four rear specifications, while each Superstock team will have a choice between two fronts and two rears.

In a pre-event test, a Dunlop team – #37 BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team – set a lap record of 2:20.344, with the motorbike ridden by Markus Reiterbeger. The two days of testing, however, were more about learning the layout of the circuit than overall pace.

“We brought a wider range of tire specifications to the pre-event test than we normally would, because we wanted to validate our choices in real-world conditions ahead of this new race,” explained David Auerbacher, event leader at Dunlop. “Fortunately, our predictions were correct, so we confirmed our planning and supporting teams throughout the two days of running.”

“Spa-Francorchamps is notorious for its unpredictable weather conditions, so being prepared for rain is crucial. Alongside the wet tires, we’re bringing a rear intermediate for both classes. This gives teams slightly more options on strategy, as the intermediate comes into its own in drying or slightly damp conditions, whereas a full wet tire is suited to heavy or consistent rain.”

The 24-hour race will begin at 01:00pm CEST on June 4, 2022.

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