In wet conditions, factory road racers don double-thick, high-traction knee pucks. The thickness is so they can use the same body position in the wet weather even though lean angles are reduced. The high-traction TPU compound gives riders a better feel of the track surface in wet weather. The Wet Slider has been tested by Alpinestars’ factory racers.
The three-cylinder, 2300cc Triumph Rocket III is already a beast. It makes 140 bhp, weighs 704 lbs, and wears a 240-width Metzeler ME880.
The boys at Carpenter Racing saw the Rocket III and decided it needed a bit more power. 240 bhp, to be exact. Their kit—which turns the bike into something they call a Silverback, which runs 8.99 in the quarter—includes the following:
A so-equipped bike can beat Hayabusas. At the strip, it starts in 2nd gear and revs to 9000 rpm—the stock limiter is at 5800 rpm—and completes the quarter in 8.99. It does all this on the stock Metzeler ME880. Streuth.
Torre Vedras, Portugal – 20 May 2013 – The Spain-Portugal round of the FIM Enduro World Championship is now over. Held in Puerto Lumbreras (Spain) and Torres Vedras (Portugal), the Grand Prix of Spain and Portugal allowed Metzeler to confirm the excellent results of the season start!
Enduro 1′s leader, Antoine MEO (KTM), has grabbed 3 wins of 4 available and builds a bigger gap with his rivals: “The very first day, I could only finish 5th due to a big crash during the beginning of the day. But then I managed to continue my winning way and my Metzeler Six Days Extreme tires helped me a lot to create a good progression over the other riders.”
The other Metzeler riders of the class had different fortunes: Cristobal GUERRERO(KTM) signaled a great return in Spain (3rd/4th) but then had more difficulties in Portugal (9th/6th). Simone ALBERGONI (HM Honda) never found the rhythm during those two weeks of racing (9th/7th and 11th/11th) and will have to be back very quickly if he doesn’t want to fall in the general standings.
But once again the Alex SALVINI (HM Honda)! Indeed, the HM Honda rider clinched 2 wins out of 4 and increased his lead in the Enduro 2 standings. Also equipped with Metzeler tires, Alex SALVINI scored precious points in Puerto Lumbreras and then was on fire in Torres Vedras where he never let any hope to his rivals!
Ivan CERVANTES (KTM) came back in Europe with a double during the first week and two good second rankings during the second that placed him as runner-up of the Italian with only 15 points behind! Johnny AUBERT (KTM) on his side grabbed precious points and had made shine his Metzeler Six Days Extreme tires in this E2 class.
Nothing changed in Enduro 3 thanks to defending Champion Christophe NAMBOTIN, who grabbed 4 victories. The Metzeler Six Days Extreme tires of the KTM permitted the Frenchman to build a bigger lead and to get closer to a second title. Metzeler rider Manuel MONNI (KTM) clinched a second podium (3rd) during the first day of this tour.
During this Iberian tour, the Metzeler Six Days Extreme tires confirmed their domination as they lead the three categories E1, E2, E3 – and Metzeler riders achieved 11 wins and 5 podiums.
Coleraine, Northern Ireland – 19 May 2013 – Metzeler riders ensured a perfect start to the road race season at the North West 200. Metzeler rider and “Wee Wizard” Alastair Seeley was the indisputable protagonist, winning both the Supersport race and the Superstock class, followed with third place on the podium in their respective classes by Metzeler riders Guy Martin and Gary Johnson. Finally–and also on Metzelers–was James Hillier in the Supertwins 650cc class.
In the Supersport class, four of the first six riders used Metzeler tires, and in the Superstock three riders out of the first four finishers were on Metzelers.
The North West 200, is one of the fastest road races. It’s run on the “Triangle”–a course which extends over 14.325 km on town and country roads through the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. It is a real road race, in contrast to the Tourist Trophy, where the riders start one at a time racing against the clock. In the NW200, participants start in two groups, the first 21 qualified and after a gap of twenty seconds the others.
This year the competition was badly affected by the weather which forced the organisation to cancel the second races of each class (with the exception of the Supersport which however was abandoned after two laps with the red flag) planned for Saturday among which the Superbike races, both scheduled for yesterday.
In adverse weather conditions the role played by the tires was even more fundamental and crucial for victory.
Just before the Supersport race, a violent rainstorm struck the area, forcing both Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley to mount Metzeler Racetec Rain tires both on the front and on the rear, despite the fact that the track was slowly drying out and could therefore make the use of wet tires difficult and risky.
The courageous decision of the two riders and of the Metzeler technicians soon turned out to be the winning strategy, enabling Seeley to make an incredible comeback: on the first lap the Kawasaki rider took the lead of the second group, and two laps from the finish he closed up on Michael Dunlop who led him by 8 seconds, a gap which on the next-to-last lap fell by a further 3 seconds and enabled Seeley to pass his opponent and go on to win the race with a lead of 1.312 seconds. Martin finished third with his Tyco Suzuki team GSX-R600, his first podium at the NW200 since 2008.
The third and last race, the Superstock 1000, had as its protagonist once again the Metzeler rider Alastair Seeley. Yet again, owing to some puddles along the route, the strategy for the tires to be used was decisive for the final result. Gary Johnson, at the starting grid in fifth position with Metzeler wet tires, while Alastair Seeley opted for dry tires. With the circuit still wet, Johnson stood out and caught up with Seeley who started in pole, but as the circuit slowly dried out and owing to a small mechanical fault for Johnson, the Northern Irishman got the better of him equalling the result obtained in the Supersport and leaving to Johnson an excellent third place in front of Guy Martin, fourth.
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