Jake Zemke took the 2008 AMA Formula Xtreme title on Dunlop tires. Now starting in 2009, Dunlop will be the spec-tire for all the AMA Road Racing Championship classes.
Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing today announced that Dunlop has been chosen as the sole tire supplier of AMA Road Racing.
Use of Dunlop tires will be required in all of the series’ road racing classes, including American Superbike, Daytona SportBike, SunTrust MOTO-GT and SuperSport, beginning in 2009.
“This is a very exciting announcement,” said Roger Edmondson, President of AMA Pro Racing. “Dunlop is a logical selection, and the continuation of a long partnership Dunlop has fostered with many of the AMA Road Racing teams. We are confident they will continue to supply an outstanding product for AMA Road Racing. Having all of our competitors on the same tires will help us in our drive for parity, safety, and cost containment.”
“We’re pleased and excited about the opportunity to continue our long standing relationship with the teams and riders that make up the AMA paddock,” said Mike Buckley, Vice President Motorcycle, Dunlop Tire N.A. “Professional road racing always has and will continue to be an integral part of the Dunlop marketing efforts and of course the venue for development of the next generation of sport radial products enjoyed by all our customers today and in the future. We’d like to thank everyone involved at AMA Pro Racing for selecting us. We’re looking forward to getting the 2009 season underway at the upcoming tests.”
Dunlop, a long-time supporter of AMA Road Racing, has supported teams that have captured the last 22 Superbike championships – including the last 18 in a row – and have won 21 consecutive titles in the former Supersport division. In addition, Dunlop was undefeated in AMA Superstock and won all but one of the 11 titles in Formula Xtreme.
Dunlop will be supporting the series in both a marketing and technical role, and will contribute to the AMA Road Racing contingency program.
The 2009 AMA Pro Racing schedule will kick off on Friday, March 6 with the running of the Daytona 200 By Honda, marking the first time that America’s premier motorcycle race will be run under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.
2009 AMA Road Racing Schedule
March 4-6 Daytona International Speedway
March 20-22 Auto Club Speedway
April 3-5 Road Atlanta
May 1-3 Barber Motorsports Park
May 15-17 Infineon Raceway
May 29-31 Miller Motorsports Park
June 5-7 Road America
July 3-5 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
July 17-19 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 31-August 2 Heartland Park-Topeka*
August 14-16 Virginia International Raceway
September 4-6 New Jersey Motorsports Park*
*Pending Rider Safety Committee evaluation