Featured In the December 2022 issue of Roadracing World:
Before tire warmers became common in the early 1990s, it took a few laps to warm up race tires. Even after the advent of tire warmers, they were only used on racing slicks and DOT-labeled (signifying that they were theoretically street legal) treaded racing tires. Anything that was actually made for street use was usually hard as a rock and discarded.
Now the market has produced DOT-labeled street tires that don’t need tire warmers and can get within a couple of seconds of an overall track record when fitted on a factory Superbike with Jake Gagne at the controls.
It was impressive watching the best MotoAmerica Superbike riders in the United States rip around Buttonwillow Raceway Park faster than most club stars with the new Dunlop Sportmax Q5 fitted on their actual Superbikes!
“Dunlop Q5 And Q5S Tire Intro: Superbike Tested,” by Chris Ulrich
Dunlop’s new Sportmax Q5 track-day focused tire and its more durable street-oriented Q5S both benefit from the Buffalo, New York factory’s involvement in racing. The company has come a long way since the first U.S.-made racing slicks rolled off the production line in 2013. Read about Dunlop’s impressive, easy-to-use track day rubber in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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