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Jan 24, 2001

Display Bike Doesn't Mean Kocinski And Pegram May Switch To Michelin For AMA Superbike Series

The Competition Accessories AMA Superbike team of Larry Pegram and John Kocinski is not considering switching from Dunlop to Michelin tires for the 2001 season, according to Pegram, regardless of speculation caused by the sight of a Michelin-equipped team racebike on display last weekend at Competition Accessories headquarters in Ohio. The display included two bikes, one with P1 on its number plates and the other with K2 on its number plates. The K2 bike was fitted with Michelin Pilot slicks, while the P1 bike carried worn Dunlop slicks.

Both Kocinski and Pegram attended Dunlop tire tests at Daytona in December, with Kocinski setting fast time of the tests on Dunlop qualifying tires.

In the past Kocinski has been an outspoken advocate of Michelin slicks and an outspoken critic of Dunlop slicks. At one point during the 2000 AMA Superbike season Kocinski flatly declared that he would not show up for the next race if he couldn't get Michelin slicks on his Vance & Hines Ducati. Vance & Hines team owner Terry Vance quickly issued a statement that the team would continue to run Dunlops and the controversy was smoothed over, at least in public.

That's all in the past, Pegram told Roadracing World when reached on his cell phone. "He's definitely not running Michelins," Pegram said of his teammate Kocinski. "We're running Dunlops, no questions asked." Pegram added that Kocinski evidently "liked the Dunlops when we were at the Dunlop tire test."