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Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy Agrees Dunlop Deal

6th January 2009

British tyre manufacturer, Dunlop, is strengthening its position in the British Superbike Championship paddock after securing a deal to become the official tyre supplier for the new Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy one-make race series in 2009.

The Birmingham-based company already has close links with the manufacturer through its supply of Original Equipment (OE) Qualifier tyres for the road-going version of the XR1200. Dunlop was also the chosen supplier for this year’s one-off Italian Harley-Davidson XR1200 race event.

The manufacturer will provide a full factory race fitting service at each of the ten races across eight events on the 2009 British Superbike Championship calendar. Dunlop has also pledged to give each entrant to the series a full set of D209 GP Racer tyres – one front and two rears – free of charge for the opening event at Brands Hatch on 11-13 April and the final race at Silverstone on 25-27 September.

The remaining tyres will be sold direct to competitors at a specially agreed race price. With a recommendation of one front and two rear tyres for the duration of each round to cover the practice, qualifying, warm-up and race, each competitor will pay a maximum of £2,397 for the series duration.

However, there are also a variety of opportunities to win the race tyres with prizes in place for the top four positions in the race and a special Man of the Meeting award. The accolade will be based on personal achievement and will be allocated to the rider judged to have shown the greatest improvement.

“We’re delighted to have agreed a partnership with Dunlop,” said Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland Marketing Manager Greg Willis. “The package that they have offered is fantastic and we’re confident that Dunlop’s experienced and professional Motorsport team will provide an excellent race service to the series and its entrants.”

“This is an exciting new venture for us,” says Dunlop’s UK Motorsport Manager Phil Plater. “We have a strong heritage with Harley-Davidson through Goodyear’s flat-tracking history with the Motor Company, so this is an excellent way to rejuvenate the relationship with what promises to be an exciting one-make championship. It also holds significance for our race to road programme, which enables us to use motorsport technology to develop exceptional road-going products,”