Dunlop Tyres withdraws rear Superbike slick from Isle of Man TT after safety issues at North West 200

Dunlop Tyres has withdrawn its rear Superbike slick tyre from this year’s Isle of Man TT following issues experienced by several leading riders at the North West 200.

By Kyle White
Friday, 27th May 2022, 12:20 pm
Updated Friday, 27th May 2022, 12:41 pm

Michael Dunlop survived a massive moment on the Coast Road in the opening Superbike race at the North West due to a rear tyre problem, while Peter Hickman also had a scare at over 190mph in the same race when his rear tyre came apart.

As a result, Dunlop advised its riders to sit out the final Superbike race at the event.

In the latest development on Friday, the company said its rear KR108 slick has been pulled from its range at the TT, with a treaded option offered as a replacement.

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Michael Dunlop had a huge moment on his Dunlop-shod Hawk Suzuki at the North West 200.

A statement said: “We are racers at heart and safety is very much our first consideration. With our long history of success at the Isle of Man TT, we know what it takes to win and set lap records at one of the most challenging races in the world.

“Following tyre conditions experienced by three Superbike riders on Dunlop KR108 slick rear race tyres at the North West 200, and understanding the importance of giving riders the confidence they need to perform on such a demanding high-speed road circuit, we have taken the decision to withdraw the KR108 slick rear tyre range from the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races and offer the D213 GP PRO treaded rear tyre range as an alternative option.”