Buffalo, NY: Dunlop’s new Geomax® MX32TM and MX52TM tires have dominated AMA Supercross and Motocross, and these next-generation tires have now made their mark on the international FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship. This series is especially competitive for tire manufacturers, with five brands actively competing. Yet it was Dunlop that came out on top at the opening round, and decisively so.
Formerly known as MX1, the MXGP series features 450cc four-stroke machines, while the 250cc class retains its MX2 title. The opening round in Losail, Qatar, saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin take the overall win (3-1) aboard his KX450F, while Max Nagl followed right behind to earn second overall (1-4) riding his Team HRC Honda CRF450R—with both Dunlop-sponsored riders using race-spec MX32 tires front and rear. Paulin’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Steven Frossard finished a strong fourth on the day aboard the same tires, barely missing a podium sweep for Dunlop.
STOW, OH – The new Deegan 38 mud-terrain tire and SideBiter II Wheel from Mickey Thompson have each earned a 2013 Global Media Award. Petr Likholitov from Polniy Privod 4×4 representing the Russian Republic selected the Deegan 38 tire for this honor, and Henry Pierini from Auto Zulia representing Venezuela selected the SideBiter II wheel.
Introduced in 2004, the SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognizes specialty equipment product manufacturers considered to have mass appeal to consumers in countries outside the U.S. Each judge carefully reviews and evaluates nearly 2,500 product entries before selecting the products that they feel would be of greatest interest to their readers, and most likely to succeed commercially.
With a focus on customer friendliness, the redesigned ITP site allows consumers to easily access important technical, application and product information right from the homepage. Visitors are also treated to a rotating news banner on the homepage, reporting the latest ATV and side-by-side vehicle race results, new product announcements and the ITP “Machine of the Month.”
“We wanted to provide consumers with a website that was easy to navigate and full of tire-and-wheel information that appealed to the average ATV and UTV owner,” said Rhett Turpin, Powersports Director of Sales & Marketing, Clinton, Tenn. Turpin also lauded the new technology employed in the site. “If you see a tire or wheel you’re interested in, you can roll your pointer on it and a list of recommended terrain that product is best used for will pop up,” added Turpin.
Two young guns, armed with off road racing tires from BFGoodrich, proved their mettle through 14 rounds of the 2013 Traxxas TORC series presented by AMSOIL season to claim class championships. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies won his third straight Pro 2 title and Luke Johnson dominated the Pro Buggy class to claim his first season title.
Additionally, Team BFGoodrich member Rob MacCachren tallied seven wins this season to finish second in Pro 2 and third in Pro 4. Brad Lovell took the final race of the season in Primm, Nev. to solidify third place overall for the season in the Pro Light class.
Menzies, coming in with a sizable lead in the standings, solidified the title with his third place run on Saturday. For Luke Johnson, it was academic roughly half way through the season as he dominated the year with eight wins and clinched the title in late August in Crandon, Wisc.
Cypress, CA – Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and its affiliates (“Toyo”) announced today that on September 16, 2013, the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to institute an investigation against 22 manufacturers, importers and sellers of passenger and light truck tires (collectively, the “Respondents”).
The ITC will investigate whether these Respondents infringed one or more of Toyo’s eight tire design patents.
The ITC has ordered that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain passenger and light truck tires. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ALJ will set a target date for completing the investigation. The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Commission investigations are usually completed in 13-15 months.
The STI Outback is a true “all conditions” performer. Job one for STI’s hardworking design and production team was to create the most versatile tire on the market. That goal was scored with a model that provides the comfort and control of dedicated hardpack trail rubber, while still delivering the grip and cleanout capabilities of a deep, open-lugged bogger.
Now add in a few things we learned about durability while earlier developing the bulletproof Roctane XD. The result is a tire that lives up to its name — if you’re going way out and want to get back, get outfitted with Outback. Its 6-ply bias carcass and robust rim guard provides exceptional reliability while remaining surprisingly light.
The Outback’s tread design is responsible for many of this tire’s capabilities. The tread pattern’s center “V” design provides OEM-like ride on hard surfaces, while deep, dimpled lugs aggressively dig into loose, soft terrain. Wraparound shoulder lugs supply controlled side bite.
Greenville, S.C. – Move aside Denver and Phoenix, it seems Chicagoans are the biggest thrill-seekers in the country, according to the new BFGoodrich Tires Adrenaline Index. The tire maker surveyed 3,500 Americans across the country, revealing that more than one-third of Americans are self-proclaimed thrill seekers who thrive on new adventures and enjoy activities that will provide an adrenaline rush.
Chicago topped the list as the thrill-seeking capital of the U.S., with 58 percent of Chicagoans saying that they seek out adventure or adrenaline-fuelled activities. New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando rounded out the top five cities with the most adrenaline. Miami residents actually put their money where their mouth is, with thrill seekers saying they spent an average of $1,637 annually on extreme activities, compared to the national average of $733.
FULLERTON, CA – It’ll be quite a weekend in Long Beach, California for Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) motorsports program. Its tires will be on race vehicles ranging from sports cars to drift cars to off-road stadium trucks. The excitement runs April 19 to 21 on the streets of downtown Long Beach.
The on-track action starts Friday, April 19, with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), where the Team West Alex Job Racing Ferrari 458 will compete on ADVAN® A005 tires in the GT Class. Yokohama’s orange oil-infused racing slick, the ADVAN® ENV-R2™, will also be on all of the Porsches 911 GT3 Cup cars competing in the GTC Class.
FULLERTON, CA. – Yasushi Tanaka, president and CEO of Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), today announced the promotion of Takayuki Hamaya to YTC chief operating officer, effective immediately. According to Tanaka, Hamaya will also retain his position as company executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO).
Tanaka said Hamaya will now assume executive responsibility for the following functions: Consumer, Commercial, OTR and OE sales, accounting and finance, corporate planning, supply chain and operations, as well as internal audit.
“Mr. Hamaya’s promotion corresponds with our continued efforts to improve the service we provide to our dealers while delivering the best products to the market,” said Tanaka. “I expect Mr. Hamaya to continue his strong leadership and valued contributions to YTC.”