Dunlop and AFT Expand Partnership, Reveal New Spec Tire
AFT and Dunlop have announced another multi-year renewal to the long-term partnership between "America's original extreme sport and the premier manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America."
Continuing on as the Official AFT Tire, Dunlop also announced the development of the first new flat track tire in 40 years - the DT4 - as the new spec tire for the series; all riders in all three AFT classes will be competing on the DT4 in 2020.
"We are delighted to continue our association with Dunlop," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Their R&D and manufacturing here in the USA is an important advantage for us and has resulted in a brand new tire for our sport. Better durability, more rider confidence and a superior performance envelope give the promise of even better racing in AFT in 2020."
The DT3 has long been the benchmark for professional and amateur flat track racing alike, but the DT4 will feature all-new tread patterns for front and rear tires and is engineered to be used without tubes. The DT4 will be made available in all current DT3 tire compounds, allowing racers to match tire setup to specific track conditions on race day.
"I did some testing early on with the new compounds," said multi-time champion and member of the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Jared Mees. "I liked what I felt - they felt good, really consistent."
The 2020 AFT series will get under way at Daytona, March 14, at the legendary Daytona International Speedway with its first-ever doubleheader - the Daytona 200 and Daytona TT.