Toyota Canada Superbike Championship Tire Rule Set

February 17, 1999 TORONTO, ON - There will be no wet weather DOT tire restriction for the two production classes in this year's Toyota Canada Superbike Championship, series officials have announced. Competitors in the International ...

February 17, 1999

TORONTO, ON - There will be no wet weather DOT tire restriction for the two production classes in this year's Toyota Canada Superbike Championship, series officials have announced. Competitors in the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike or Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike categories will not be required to run with a DOT-marked dry tire in a race affected by rain. When director of competition Benoit Filon declares a race "wet", riders have the option of using a DOT tire with a wet weather tread pattern, or a full race wet weather tire. This rule runs counter to that in place with the AMA in the United States, which requires its 750 and 600 cc SuperSport competitors to race with a single, DOT dry tread pattern, regardless of weather conditions. "We have considered going to the AMA template. If the competitors have to carry less tires and stock less inventory it's obviously, in a general sense, much better for them," said Toyota Canada Superbike Championship series organizer Colin Fraser. "But after we had a lot of rain last season, the consensus now of the competitors is they'd actually prefer to be able to run full wets in the rain." A survey conducted last fall confirmed the competitors' desire to broaden the Sport Bike tire rule. Last season four of the six rounds of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship were hit by rain and tire choice was a major problem for racers in the Sport Bike classes. The new rule is expected to produce safer wet weather racing in the support classes. "In my opinion, there's no question you're going to have fewer crashes if you have full wets," Fraser added. "When you get standing water like we can get in Canada, combined with the nature of our tracks, those DOT dry tires are really not at their best. The difference between those and a proper wet tire is night and day when you have standing water." Bruce McCracken, national sales manager for Dunlop Tire (Canada) Limited, the main tire supplier to the series, said the rule is a fair one for the riders. "When you have a wet race, it is now up to the rider to decide what type of tire is best suited for the conditions, and that's the way it should be," McCracken said. "The riders deserve to have the best tire available to them when a race is declared wet." Jordan Szoke won last year's Toyota Canada Superbike Championship on Michelin tires. Michael Taylor and Don Munroe were IMS Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike champions, respectively, both on Dunlop. This year's six-round Toyota Canada Superbike Championship opens June 11-13 at Race City Speedway in Calgary and concludes at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 3-5.

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