May 24, 2001
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Metzeler has issued a press release crowing about its victories in AMA 750cc Supersport Nationals at Sears Point and Road Atlanta, which reminded us that the podium at Road Atlanta included no Dunlop riders for the first time in recent memory.<BR><BR>The Metzeler release read as follows:<BR><BR>"Maybe it's time for Metzeler to re-think its decision about not 'officially' campaigning its new Rennsport DOT radial in AMA competition. (The company's 2001 racing program put its emphasis on such programs as Formula-USA, WERA and CCS.) The new tire won its third AMA National in a row, taking first and second, (and three of the top five spots) in last weekend's Road Atlanta 750cc Supersport final.<BR><BR>"All of the top Road Atlanta finishers were repeats from the AMA Sears Point National the week before. Mike Ciccotto, this time riding for the Metzeler-sponsored Hooters Suzuki team, grabbed the lead on the red-flag 750 Supersport re-start and won, pulling away by a margin of almost five seconds. At Sears Point, Ciccotto won the Pro Thunder final on his Metzeler-equipped Hal's Performance Advantage-sponsored Buell. <BR><BR>"Arclight Suzuki's Brian Parriott, who won the Sears Point 750cc final, finished second at Road Atlanta, again on Rennsports. And roadracingworld.com's Chris Ulrich took a fifth at Road Atlanta to go with his fourth at Sears Point.<BR><BR>"So in the last two AMA nationals, Metzeler has now amassed two wins, a second, a fourth and two fifths.<BR><BR>"The Metzeler Rennsport features Metzeler's patented 0-degree steel-belted radial construction on both the front and rear. The single steel belt, wound in the direction of travel–-at 0 degrees, hence the name-–reportedly generates little if any of the internal heat-producing friction that occurs in other radial designs that use cross belts. Hence the Metzeler tires run cooler under the most severe racing conditions. This has a further benefit in allowing Metzeler to use even softer compounds without sacrificing durability-–the Rennsports' durability has been a prominent factor in the praise the tire has earned in its recent reviews (reviews available on request).<BR><BR>"The stability of the steel belt also resists centrifugal growth, which creates a more stable contact patch, aiding traction and extending tire life. Up front, Metzeler's 0-degree steel belt actually works as a steering damper, helping to control front-end oscillations in bikes prone to them, and greatly aiding stability and braking. The low tire weight that results from the use of a single belt also reduces unsprung weight and gyroscopic force, thus improving handling, braking and steering stability, and transitions.<BR><BR>"The Metzeler Rennsport DOT race tires are distributed by Parts Unlimited and a select group of race vendors. Contact Metzeler Motorcycle Tires North America at (610) 524-2190 for the nearest vendor. See your nearest Metzeler dealer for Rennsport street-compound sizes."<BR>