Leading German motorcycle magazine PS has declared Dunlop as the top brand in its comparison test of slick track tyres. After an extensive test comparing seven different track tyres, the magazine chose the Dunlop KR106 (front) and KR108 (rear) pairing as the overall winner.
The PS test crew used a Honda Fireblade SP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of MotoGP’s Catalan Grand Prix.
Fitted with Dunlop KR106 and KR108 tyres in 120/70R17 and 195/65R17 sizes, the PS test rider was able to lap the circuit in 1.49.477. This was an incredible 3.126 seconds faster than one of the competitor brand, representing a 2.8% improvement in a segment where lap times are of major importance.
Whilst professional racers tend to only focus on lap times, amateur track day riders also care about the feel and feedback of tyres in order to give them the confidence to push to the limit. Significantly, PS also declared Dunlop as the best tyres for stability, precision, grip, braking and behaviour at the limit.
PS tester Volkmar Jacob was enthused by the performance, stating: “Dunlop is back - and how! The KR106/KR108 combination simply works sensationally... there’s gigantic grip at the rear and high stability.”
The Dunlop KR106/KR108 combination is part of a range of Dunlop track products including KR slicks and the treaded D213 GP Pro and GP Racer D212. All of these tyres are developed in open competition racing, with wins in road races such as the Isle of Man TT across Superbike, Supersport and Superstock categories. Significantly, the Dunlop KR range has been used by winners in the FIM Endurance World Championship, proving its lasting durability and consistency as well as the outright performance.