Dunlop continues Two-Wheeled Success in 2009 at Australian Superbike Opener
Dunlop tyres took up where it left off last year and continued its dominance of the countries leading two wheeled series with Team Joe Rocket Suzuki and Dunlop rider Josh Waters taking out the first round of the Woodstock Bourbon Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Phillip Island from February 27 to March 1.
Reigning ASBK Champion Glenn Allerton finished just one point in arrears of Waters (43-42pts), with his Motologic Honda team-mate, pole-sitter Wayne Maxwell, third overall - both riding Dunlop shod machines.
On his Superbike debut with the factory Suzuki squad, Waters set upthe round win with a brilliant victory in the morning's rain-affected race, starting 8th and moving to the front by lap six, the 22-year-old then lead to the finish.
"What can I say? I'm absolutely rapt for myself and the whole Team Joe Rocket Suzuki team," Waters said.
"The Hondas were really quick and it was hard to go with them coming from the second row - the win in this morning's wet race was really the weekend's decisive moment, it set up our win."
Dunlop has introduced its new range of advanced UK-made NTec slicks (KR108 for Superbikes and the D211GP for Supersport) featuring new compounds. Stephen Bickley, a Tyre Technician from Dunlop UK, was at the Phillip Island to oversee the implementation of the NTec slicks.
"Last year's NTecs have been updated with new compounds that have consistently shown faster times in testing by various teams against last year's tyre," Mr Bickley said.
Dunlop is the favoured choice of tyre for all four major race teams in 2009, as well as being 'control tyre' in the following classes: FZ6 Cup, 1000 and 600 Superstock. Competitors in these three classes must use the Dunlop D209 GP Racer, which is a treaded racing tyre made in France.