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Mar 10, 2001

Metzeler/Pirelli To Release New Race Tires

Metzeler/ Pirelli Race Tire Manager Rich Munson said March 9 that both Metzeler and Pirelli will be releasing new, DOT-labeled racing tires as soon as May. The new tires will be a front in the size 110/70-17 and rears in 150/60-17 and 160/70-17. All of the new sizes will be available from Metzeler in the RS1 (Super Soft) and RS2 (Soft) compounds with the Pirellis carrying the same compounds but labeled SC1 and SC2. Speaking in the paddock at Daytona International Speedway, Munson confirmed that the new sizes are designed for use on Aprilia RS250, Suzuki SV650, and other lightweight racebikes.<BR><BR>The new tires will be first produced in March for testing, then will become available to licensed racers through normal Metzeler/Pirelli race tire distributers in May. Prices had not been determined at post time. <BR><BR>Earlier this year, Munson announced that a new, softer compound front DOT-labeled race tire will appear some time in the 2001 season. The new tire will be softer than the company's "Blue" or "Super Soft" compound tire.<BR>