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FACTORY FMF/KTM TEAMMATES BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE 2013 GNCC XC1 CHAMPIONSHIP

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ROBBY BELL LEADS THE WORCS PRO CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS CHASE

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DUNLOP SPONSORS RIDING SCHOOLS AND TRACK DAY PROVIDERS

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IDAHO IDYLL

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2013 TEAM DUNLOP

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DUNLOP DOWN UNDER

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2013 DAYTONA 200

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LADIES ON THE HIGH BANKS

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DUNLOP DOMINATES THE 2013 SUPERCROSS SEASON

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BIKES OF THE STARS

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DUNLOP PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE RETURN OF THE KTM JUNIOR CHALLENGE

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TWO FOR THE ROAD

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KEVIN WINDHAM ISN’T DONE YET

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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FACTORY FMF/KTM TEAMMATES

BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE 2013 GNCC XC1 CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2013 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) XC1 competition is in full swing, with three of 13 rounds completed, and it’s been a constant battle between Factory FMF/KTM teammates Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell since the beginning. At the Moose Racing River Ranch season-opener in Florida, Mullins emerged as the victor after a grueling three-hour battle with teammate Russell. The two Dunlop-supported riders diced it out for the lead position, but the 2011 champion only got stronger as the race wore on, giving him the top spot on the podium. Russell finished a mere seven seconds behind Mullins, clinching second place overall. Round two in Washington, GA., was nothing short of exciting, as the KTM duo put together another intense three-hour duel. This time, however, it was Russell who grabbed the win over Mullins by less than two seconds. Starting the race in nearly last due to a crash in the first turn, Russell quickly charged his way through the field to catch the lead pack. After swapping positions multiple times, the two teammates were neck-and-neck on the final lap, but it was Russell who crossed the finish line first. It was another impressive battle at the FMF Steel Creek GNCC, with Mullins grabbing his second win of the season. Russell gave it his best efforts, but after a few mistakes midway through the seven-lap race, Mullins began gapping his teammate. Mullins leads the way by a mere five points over Kailub heading into South Carolina. GNCC POINTS STANDING 1. Charles Mullins 85 (Dunlop)

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6. Thaddeus Duvall 42 (Dunlop)

2. Kailub Russell 80 (Dunlop)

7. Jordan Ashburn 39

3. Christopher Bach 52

8. Ricky Russell 39

4. Josh Strang 48

9. Takeshi Koikeda 37 (Dunlop)

5. Paul Whibley 43

10. Adam Bonneur

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ROBBY BELL LEADS THE WORCS PRO CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS CHASE With three of nine rounds completed of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS), Precision Concepts’ Robby Bell continues to put together consistent results, extending his lead to 13 points over second. Back to its original two-hour format, the 2013 season kicked off at Canyon MX in Peoria, AZ, where defending champion Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert started the year off with a commanding victory. Robert nailed down a third-place start but wasted no time taking over the lead and gradually pulling away. He rode unchallenged and led wire-to-wire to claim the win by over one minute, moving him to the top in the points chase. Bell got off to a mid-pack start aboard his Dunlop-equipped KXF450 and by lap three had charged his way into the second position. He rode solid and gave his best effort but it wasn’t enough to catch Robert, and he took the checkered flag in second. At round two in Primm, NV, Dunlop-sponsored Robert was sidelined due to the stomach flu, ultimately ending his winning streak at five straight races and opening the door for another rider to top the podium. Bell didn’t hesitate at the opportunity and was able to claim his first-ever WORCS win. After working his way into the lead early in lap one, Bell ran away from the rest of the field, leading the entire two-hour race. With Robert out, Bell’s victory was enough to move him into the points lead. At what can be considered one of the most grueling courses on the circuit, racers made their way to Crazy Horse Camp Ground for round three in Lake Havasu, AZ. After missing the last race, Robert returned to the line and put together another impressive performance, grabbing his second victory of the season. Launching to a second-place start, Robert quickly took over the lead and pulled away from the rest of the pack. He rode with ease to the checkered flag, finishing with a two-minute lead over second. Bell made his way into second behind Robert but was never able to close the gap enough to challenge for the lead. He stayed strong, settling into second and remained unchallenged throughout the two-hour race, marking his third podium finish. Rounding out the podium was a surprise appearance by Monster Energy’s Brett Metcalfe, who made his way from nearly a last place start to challenging for the final podium spot.

WORCS POINTS STANDINGS (3 out of 9 rounds) 1. Robby Bell 69 (Dunlop) 2. Gary Sutherlin 56 3. Bobby Garrison 54 4. Justin Jones 51 5. Taylor Robert 50 (Dunlop) 6. Justin Seeds 43 7. Ryan Abbatoye 32 8. Brett Metcalfe 20 (Dunlop) 9. Destry Abbott 14 (Dunlop) PHOTO: BERMCANNON 6

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DUNLOP SPONSORS RIDING SCHOOLS AND TRACK DAY PROVIDERS For 2013, Dunlop renews its efforts to support the sport of

riding community, and we appreciate the emphasis they place

motorcycling at all levels, in this case by supplying

on safety as well as performance. We also appreciate the

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opportunity these groups afford to riders to experience the full

day providers all around the USA. Acquiring professional riding

range of Dunlop track-ready products designed, tested and

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manufactured in Buffalo, NY, as they ride at many of America’s

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environment where riders can expand the edges of their riding envelope.

Whether you are an up-and-coming pro getting some professional instruction or a weekday commuter out for a day

Dunlop is proud to sponsor more than two dozen schools and

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“HE’S JUST A MOTORCYCLE GUY LIKE THE REST OF US.” Husqvarna and Husaburg dirt bikes. Gibbons was able to supply some motorcycles, and included his service manager Rob Madsen in the scheme. The thing to remember about all this is, despite the improbable series of happy coincidences, and everyone’s efforts to pull this off, it was still a tenuous deal that could come undone at the last moment. “Lyle never knew till the last minute—a day or two before the ride—if he’d have time for the ride,” Glover says. “Saturday, before the ride, we weren’t 100 percent sure it was going to happen.” What’s more, the day off was a Monday, July 16, the day before his show at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. But it all came together, with all the happy warriors and motorcycles gathered in Boise that Monday, late in the never forgot the thrill of two wheels, and with success came

afternoon. “By the time we left it was about 5 in the evening,”

the opportunity to indulge his passion for motorcycling again.

Lovett says. “We rode some real nice single-track and jeep trails. It was real beautiful country—I’d never seen it before.

IDAHO IDYLL EVEN LYLE LOVETT HAS A HARD TIME SCHEDULING AN OFF-ROAD RIDE. BUT WITH A LITTLE LUCK, SOME HELP FROM DUNLOP’S BROC GLOVER AND A FEW OTHERS, IT ALL CAME TOGETHER.

You get to see places you wouldn’t normally see, riding a

up at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas, May 26-

motorcycle.”

27, at the second round of the AMA outdoor motocross nationals. Lovett said he was getting ready for a tour. Glover

Even though they started late in the day, there’s plenty of light

noticed Lovett was going to be in Boise, Idaho, and asked

till well into the evening in that part of the world. So, they rode

him if he had any days off around that time. Lovett said he

for some 95 miles. “We were having so much fun, we just

did, and mentioned he always keeps his riding gear with him

decided to keep going,” Glover says. “We rode up to Idaho

on the tour bus—just in case.

City—there’s an ISDE qualifier up near there—and kept riding and kept riding.” And they didn’t get back home till almost 11

The subject came up again some weeks later when Lovett

p.m. Good thing four of the bikes had lights, although Glover’s

was a call-in guest on Glover’s hour-long Bike Week Radio

older XR650’s lights were ailing. “Whenever I used my brakes,

Show. “In the course of the call-in on the radio show,” Lovett

the headlight dimmed,” he says.

says, “I mentioned I carry my riding gear with me, and mentioned I had a day off in Boise. That got things in motion.”

Everyone was overjoyed they’d been able to pull it off, and none more so than Lovett. “It’s so cool to ride behind Broc,”

You might think if you were rich and famous, like, say, Lyle

Here’s how it all happened one Monday last July, when he

This time there was a key listener to Glover’s show, one Scott

Lovett, you’d be on Easy Street. And to a certain extent you’d

rode with six-time AMA motocross champion and Dunlop

Wallenberg, publisher of motocross magazine Racer X

Lovett enthused. “He looks just like himself on a bike. It was

be right. True, money and notoriety open a number of life’s

Senior Manager, Off Road, Broc Glover, and three others

Illustrated, and who just happens to live in Boise. “The thing

like going to a fantasy riding camp.

doors. But those same things slam doors shut—hard—on a

around Boise, ID.

that triggered it all was Lyle said we ought to go for a ride,” Glover says. “So Wallenberg thought, ‘if he has his gear, we

“It’s just the coolest thing to meet your riding heroes. It’s all

ought to make this happen.’”

about the people—meeting these people.”

Husqvarna dealership in Houston, TX. He raced a Husky 125

Wallenberg contacted Loyal Gibbons, owner of Moto Tech, a

When all was said and done, Glover summed it up best: “He’s

for a while, but at 17 music took over from riding. Still, he

powersports dealer in Boise that just happens to specialize in

just a motorcycle guy like the rest of us.”

number of life’s smaller pleasures. For Lovett, life is an endless series of shows, recordings and rehearsals, countless

Lovett’s motorcycling history goes way back to the 1970s

commitments and appearances.

when he was 14 and working at Cycle Shack, a Penton and

And sometimes, like you, Lovett just wants to go for a ride. 10

Lovett and Glover were already acquaintances when they met

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2013 TEAM DUNLOP

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JORDANBAILEY

GARRETTMARCHBANKS

Dunlop hosted its 2013 Elite Team Dunlop kickoff dinner before the Oak Hill Amateur National on Tuesday, March 12, at Bono’s Chophouse and Saloon in Decatur, TX. Each rider received a swag bag including SkullCandy headphones, stickers and their team apparel with the prestigious Team D logo on it. Dunlop’s Manager of Amateur Motocross Support, Primo Marotto, proudly announced the lineup for the 2013 season, with 14 returning members and four new members. Team Dunlop is one of the nation’s most respected amateur motocross and off-Road racer support programs in the country, providing chosen riders with special tire support, preferred treatment service at select races, plus advertising and promotional opportunities in national media as well as the Team Dunlop website.

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TEAM DUNLOP IS ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST RESPECTED AMATEUR MOTOCROSS AND OFF-ROAD RACER SUPPORT PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY. Returning to the team for his sixth consecutive season is Team Dunlop member Jordan Bailey, along with Sean Cantrell, Lance Kobusch, Tanner Stack, Chase Sexton, Stilez Robertson, Pierce Brown, Austin Forkner, Garrett Marchbanks, Carson Mumford, Ryder DiFrancesco, Jett Reynolds, Gage Linville and Michael Mosiman. Joining the elite team of amateur racers for their first year are Parker Mashburn, Mitchell Harrison, Hannah Hodges and Nick Romano.

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CLASS

NUMBER

YEARS ON THE ELITE TEAM

Jordan Bailey

85

133

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Pierce Brown

85

63

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Sean Cantrell

85/SM

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Ryder DiFrancesco

50

199

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Austin Forker

85/SM

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Mitchell Harrison

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Hannah Hodges

Girls

172

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Lance Kobusch

85

99

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Gage Linville

65

402

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Garrett Marchbanks

85

82

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Parker Mashburn

85

223

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Michael Mosiman

85/SM

342

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Carson Mumford

85

122

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Jett Reynolds

50/65

79

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Stilez Robertson

85

325

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Chase Sexton

85/SM

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Tanner Stack

85/SM

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For the last four years, Dunlop has been the single tire supplier for the Australian FX Superbike championship, the FX1000 and the FX600; both race on KR448, 5436 and KR449 7455. Over the years working with Ken Wieden (national motorcycle & motorsport manager, Dunlop Australia) and Terry O’Niell (Australian FX Superbike championship promoter), we have managed to develop the 125/80R17 KR448 5436 front and the Q: How is Dunlop involved in motorcycle racing in

200/55R17 KR449 7455 rear that perform well at any of the

Australia and New Zealand?

racetracks on the calendar.

A: Dunlop has been involved with motorcycle racing in Australia and New Zealand for many years at different levels,

That means the same tires will need to cope with different

from amateurs to professionals. Motorcycle racing in Australia

levels of grip, wear and temperatures. This series attracts ex-

and New Zealand is very important to us.

international stars such as Kevin Curtain, who has won the FX1000 title for the last three years. Although he is the man to

Q: Off-road, road racing, or both?

beat in this series, he does not always get it all his way, with

A: Dunlop is very active in both motocross and road racing.

many younger riders taking on this challenge, which creates

The level of talent is very good, as we know Australia has

some very close and exciting racing.

managed to give us many great motorcycle racers such as Mick Doohan (five-time GP roadracing world champion),

The Australian FX Superbike championship was a Dunlop spec

Casey Stoner (twice MotoGP world champion), Troy Bayliss

tire series for the last four years. For 2013, the promoter has

(three-time Superbike world champion), Troy Corser (twice

decided to go back to an open-tire series format. This year

Superbike world champion), Wayne Gardner (GP roadracing

we will support Suzuki and Honda factory Superbike teams,

world champion), Matt Mladin (seven-time AMA Superbike

plus various privateer riders.

national champion), Chad Reed (twice Supercross world champion), Michael Byrne, Brett Metcalfe, Andrew McFarlane,

Tire wise, we will have available the 120/70R17 KR106 302,

Jake and Matt Moss, and many more. Most of them at some

125/80R17 KR448 5436, 200/55R17KR449 35D2 and the

point of their racing career were on Dunlops.

200/55R17 KR451 2662/7455. Given the rules established by the organizer, we are only allowed to homologate two fronts

Q: What tires does Dunlop supply for motorcycle racing in

and three rears for the full season, so it is very important our

Australia and New Zealand? Are they American made?

standard product is very good. As in the AMA Pro Racing

A: We supply Dunlop Australia and New Zealand the same

Series and Australian FX Superbike championship, no one-off

tires that we use in the AMA Pro Series: D211GPAs DOT, and

specials or development tires are allowed, so everybody using

KR448, KR449, KR451 slicks for the Australian Superbike

Dunlop will be on the same tire. The 2012 Australian Superbike

series and the New Zealand Superbike championship. For the

Championship was won by Joshua Waters.

Australian FX Superbike championship, which has been one brand—Dunlop—since 2009, we supply U.S.-made slicks,

Q: Are you personally involved in Australian and New

KR448 and KR449.

Zealand motorcycle racing? I am always in contact with our colleagues from Australia (Ken

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Q: How do the Australian and New Zealand racing scenes

Wieden) and New Zealand (Richard Fraser). We have a debrief

differ from their counterparts in the U.S.?

meeting after every test and during the whole race weekend.

A: The New Zealand Superbike championship is an open-tire

We talk about tire performance, future improvements,

series, multiple tire and motorcycle brands fighting for the

development, and tire supplies and tire shipments. As you

number-one title. This year Dunlop won the SBK title with

know, it takes a few weeks for a container to get to Australia

Robbie Bugden on a Triple R-prepared Suzuki.

or New Zealand.

DUNLOP DOWN UNDER SENIOR ROAD RACE MANAGER SABASTIAN MINCONE TALKS ABOUT HOW DUNLOP SUPPORTS RACING IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

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2013 DAYTONA Take a quick glance through the list of Daytona 200

Eyed by many as America’s next great hope for

race winners over the years, and you’ll quickly

world motorcycle road racing supremacy, Beaubier

realize that the Brotherhood of the Banking is

is poised at the beginning of what looks to be a

literally a who’s-who of motorcycle road racing

promising career. And, like those first Daytona 200

World and U.S. Champions.

wins by DuHamel, Russell, Schwantz, and other legends, the best is yet to come for Beaubier.

Scott Russell, Miguel DuHamel, Nicky Hayden, Mat Mladin, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts,

At Daytona, Beaubier was fast right from the start

Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey; Freddie Spencer,

of first practice for the 200, and he maintained his

Ben Bostrom—these iconic riders have a Daytona

blistering pace throughout the event, earning the

200 first-place trophy or two (or three or four or

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch for

five!) in their display cases alongside their season

winning pole position, and running a textbook-

championship trophies and number 1 plates.

perfect 57-lap race, which included two

Champions and Daytona 200 winners often go

lightning-fast, flawless pit stops thanks to the

hand-in-hand.

clocklike precision of his crew.

Which brings us to the 72nd running of The Great

Beaubier passed every rider in the 31-bike field,

American Motorcycle Race, where 20-year-old

with the exception of four other competitors

Northern Californian Cameron Beaubier decimated

(who were, incidentally, all aboard Yamaha R6s),

the field aboard his number 6 Yamaha Extended

and he won the 72nd Daytona 200 by more than

Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 in

22 seconds.

this year’s Daytona 200.

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Garrett Gerloff, who is Beaubier’s teammate on the Yamaha

Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach, who are teammates on the

Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/ Yamaha team, took

RoadRace Factory team and both ride Yamaha R6s, finished

second place in the Daytona 200. More importantly, Gerloff

fourth and fifth and were the last two riders still on the lead lap.

won the battle against the track where, a year prior, he

Gagne, who won the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona

fractured his femur during the very first practice session for his

SportBike at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, actually

very first Daytona 200. The young Texan made it all the way

turned the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1.50.087.

back from that injury, and he actually led some of this year’s 200. Look for big things from Gerloff the rest of this season

2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp filled in admirably for

and long after that.

the injured Dane Westby on the GEICO Honda and finished in a very respectable sixth place after only having one day to

Bobby Fong, brand-new member of the RMR/Triple Crown

acclimate to the bike. Westby was set to ride his number 5

Industries Racing team, finished a solid third on his number 50

CBR600RR in the 200, until a crash in practice ruled him out

Yamaha R6, which was his best-ever result at Daytona.

with a bruised and slightly lacerated spleen. The Oklahoman is

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on the mend and expected back for the next AMA Pro

high-water mark thus far for female road racers competing

Racing round at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

in the Daytona 200.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike rookie rider James

Attrition was a factor at this year’s Daytona 200, as several

Rispoli, who moved up to the DSB class after winning two

prominent riders suffered mechanical issues. Last year’s

consecutive championships in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-

200 winner Joey Pascarella had a problem with his Riders

Superstore.com SuperSport class, rode his number 43

Discount Racing Triumph Daytona 675, which caused him

National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 to seventh

to finish in 23rd position. Jake Zemke, who qualified on the

place ahead of Yamaha R6-mounted Ben Young.

front row and ran near the front for part of the race, retired from the contest after 31 laps aboard his Desmo Veloce

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Finishing out the 2013 Daytona 200 top 10 were Elena

Ducati 848 and finished in 26th place. Also, Jason

Myers on a Sturgess Cycle Triumph Daytona 675, who had

DiSalvo, who won the 200 in 2011, had issues with his

previously won a SuperSport race at Daytona, and Honda-

Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675, putting him

mounted Melissa Paris. Myers and Paris represented the

back in 28th.

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LADIES ON THE HIGH BANKS Elena Myers, the 20-year-old female motorcycle road racer

the famed “World Center of Racing.”

become the highest-placing female ever in the Daytona 200,

Daytona road course—which meant that whichever lady took

made even more remarkable since it was her first-ever race in

the checkers ahead of the other one would represent the best

Yet, despite her obvious road racing talent, Myers appeared to

the hotly contested DSB class. She and her crew had two

finish ever by a female in Daytona 200 history.

be without a ride for the 2013 season. With the clock rapidly

flawless pit stops, in which they refueled and changed the rear

In 2010, Myers became the very first woman to win an AMA

winding down to Daytona, she was finally able to land a ride

tire, but Myers was able to run the entire 57-lap, 200-mile race

For a while, it looked like that distinction would go to Paris,

Pro road race when she notched a victory in the SuperSport

with Latus Motors and Riedmann Racing, where she would

on the same Dunlop front tire.

who was slightly ahead of Myers on the track. Unfortunately,

class at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, located only about

move up from the SuperSport class to race in the AMA Pro

an hour and a half from her home.

GoPro Daytona SportBike aboard a Sturgess Cycle Triumph

In terms of history-making finishes by a female, Elena Myers’

members over the wall during a pit stop, and AMA Pro Racing

Daytona 675. The new ride meant that Myers would not only

historic ninth-place result in the Daytona 200 was only part of

rules only allow five. Paris was assessed a ride-through

In 2012, Myers won her second career SuperSport race, this

switch from Japanese inline-four-cylinder machinery to a

the story. The previous best finish by a female in the Daytona

penalty, which put her behind Myers and relegated her to a

time considerably farther from her home—nearly 3,000 miles

British three-cylinder bike, but she would also have a chance

200 was 18th, and that result was turned in by Melissa Paris—

10th-place finish at the checkered flag.

from Discovery Bay, to be more precise—at Daytona

to race in the Daytona 200 for the first time in her career.

Josh Hayes’ wife—in 2011. Ironically, Myers and Paris were

from Thunder Bay, CA, near San Francisco, has a special knack for making history.

International Speedway. In doing so, Myers became the first woman to win a professional motorsports race of any kind at

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Once again, Myers made history as she finished ninth to

Paris’ crew committed a pit-lane infraction—they had six crew

both competing in the 2013 Daytona 200, and both females

In the end, the 2013 Daytona 200 marked the first time that

found themselves racing in formation on the 3.51-mile

two women finished in the top 10 in the race.

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DUNLOP DOMINATES THE 2013 SUPERCROSS SEASON

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The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World

In second is Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who has logged

Champion series, is more than halfway completed and has

two victories this season aboard his Dunlop-equipped

seen some of the best racing in years. With 14 of 19 rounds

SXF450. The 2010 Supercross champion topped the podium

concluded, Dunlop-sponsored riders have continued to post

at round five and again at his hometown race in Minneapolis,

impressive results, with eight of the top 10 riders in the 450

besting the current points leader in an exciting duel all the

Supercross class and all the top- 10 riders in both the 250

way to the checkered flag.

East and West class points chase. Not only has it been an action-packed season, but a shocking one as well, with fan

Rockstar Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps made the switch back to

favorite Kevin Windham announcing his retirement (see page

Dunlop tires this year and came out swinging, grabbing his

70) during the opening ceremonies at round three, ending his

first race victory since 2010 at the opening round. Millsaps

19th pro season.

has continued to post consistent results, nailing down another win with a wire-to-wire performance in San Diego

Defending 2011 and 2012 champion Ryan Villopoto had a

and appearing on the podium six other times. He lead the

roller-coaster first half of the season, which had left him

championship points chase all the way to round 10, and

fighting his way to the top since the beginning at Angel

currently sits third, a mere one point behind second.

Stadium in Anaheim. Villopoto struggled at the opening race with a 16th-place finish, but he was able to rebound,

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grabbing the win two weeks later and again in Oakland and

Two-time Eastern 250 Supercross class champion Justin

Dallas. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider seems to have

Barcia made his 450 Supercross debut for the 2013 season

found his groove during the second half of the season,

aboard his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, and has

dominating the field with consecutive victories at St. Louis,

shown that he has race winning speed. Among the best riders

Daytona, Indianapolis, Toronto and Houston. He moved into

in the world, the rookie has earned one race win at Chase

the points lead after his impressive ride at Daytona and now

Field, four podiums and seven additional top-10 finishes.

sits 22 points ahead of second place heading into his home

TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed follows in fifth with two

town of Seattle.

third-place finishes. Reed underwent surgery after Toronto,

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which ultimately sidelined him two weeks later in Houston.

its way back to sunny Southern California for the final

The Dunlop rider returned to the line at Minneapolis, where he

Anaheim race, Roczen triumphed again with another victory.

placed a respectable fifth-place overall despite not being 100

At the last round before the mid-season break, Tomac bested

percent.

the rest of the field, clinching his fourth win of the season and closing his deficit in the championship. Sitting in third overall

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard, who returned this

with 95 points is Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole

season from a nearly career-ending crash in 2012, has had

Seely, who has appeared on the podium at four of the six

quite a remarkable comeback season. Canard, who nearly

rounds. The Western 250 class will resume the battle in

won round one and three, has three podium appearances,

Seattle for round seven.

three additional top-five finishes and one heat race win aboard his Dunlop-backed Honda CRF450R. In eighth is

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, played host to the opening

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart with 174 points, and RCH

round of the Eastern 250 class and it was Pro Circuit

Racing’s Broc Tickle rounds out the top 10 with 141 points.

Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson who came out victorious. With two additional podiums, Wilson was sidelined for the remainder of

This year the 250 Supercross class has showcased intense

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the season after a hard crash in his Indianapolis heat race.

battles from start to finish in both the East and West circuits.

GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn has had the best season of his

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, the defending West 250 class

professional career, landing on the podium eight out of eight

champion, had a stellar start to the season, riding nearly

races. Following his first podium since 2010 at round one,

unchallenged at the first three rounds to take the top spot on

Hahn put together an impressive performance in Atlanta,

the podium. Heading into round four in Oakland, Tomac had a

leading wire-to-wire to clinch the first main event win of his

nine-point lead but was unable to continue the race after

career. He was dominant again the next weekend in St. Louis,

crashing hard in the whoops, leaving the podium wide-open

nailing down another victory and taking over the

for Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen to grab his first win of the

championship points lead. Hahn’s biggest competition is the

season and take over the points lead. When the series made

Red Bull KTM Frenchman Marvin Musquin, who gained

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momentum in the second half of the season. At Daytona¬, one of the toughest races of the year, Musquin performed

finishing on the podium at four rounds and getting his first win

flawlessly scoring his first-ever career victory. He maintained

of the season in his hometown of Houston, TX. Hahn still

his momentum and recorded wins at Indianapolis, Toronto and

holds the red plate, but the points chase has tightened

again at Minneapolis, moving him closer in the championship

heading into the last round at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las

chase. Rockstar Suzuki’s Blake Wharton has also been a

Vegas, NV with only 5 points separating him from Musquin.

450 SUPERCROSS CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 14 of 17 rounds)

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constant threat aboard his Dunlop-supported RMZ250,

250 SUPERCROSS WEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 6 of 9 rounds)

250 SUPERCROSS EAST CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 8 of 9 rounds)

1. Ryan Villopoto 299 (Dunlop)

1. Ken Roczen 138 (Dunlop)

1. Wil Hahn 178 (Dunlop)

2. Ryan Dungey 277 (Dunlop)

2. Eli Tomac 121 (Dunlop)

2. Marvin Musquin 173 (Dunlop)

3. Davi Millsaps 276 (Dunlop)

3. Cole Seely 95 (Dunlop)

3. Blake Wharton 153 (Dunlop)

4. Justin Barcia 220 (Dunlop)

4. Jason Anderson 88 (Dunlop)

4. Vince Friese 103 (Dunlop)

5. Chad Reed 212 (Dunlop)

5. Kyle Cunningham 83 (Dunlop)

5. Gavin Faith 100 (Dunlop)

6. Trey Canard 199 (Dunlop)

6. Martin Davalos 82 (Dunlop)

6. Dean Wilson 87 (Dunlop)

7. Andrew Short 177

7. Zach Osborne 82 (Dunlop)

7. Cole Thompson 83 (Dunlop)

8. James Stewart 174 (Dunlop)

8. Joey Savatgy 62 (Dunlop)

8. Kyle Peters 78 (Dunlop)

9. Justin Brayton 149

9. Christian Craig 62 (Dunlop)

9. Jeremy Martin 71 (Dunlop)

10. Broc Tickle 141 (Dunlop)

10. Jessy Nelson 60 (Dunlop)

10. Justin Hill 68 (Dunlop)

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BIKES OF THE

STARS Whether you’re at the races in person or you’re watching Supercross on television,

your favorite riders go flashing past, carve through a corner while roosting a big spray of dirt, ricochet over the stutter bumps, then launch high into the air for a breath-stopping moment before landing with a thud, only to rush off once more. Until the checkered flag drops it’s just one mass of perpetual motion and nonstop action. But there's hardly ever the opportunity for a long, close-up look at the bikes. Now, these are some pretty darn exotic machines that are purpose-built for racing at the highest levels. And that concept alone makes you think, “I’d sure like to see some of these bikes up close and sitting still so I could really eyeball some of the finer details and cool additions that make up the parts of the whole.” Well, we’ve had those very same thoughts ourselves, many times. So we decided to get out and capture some images of these very cool bikes that populate the front of the pack just so you could get a closer look. Because we knew you’d really like that. OK, fine. We decided to grab these photos because like looking at these bikes too— who wouldn’t, right? So without further ado, we present for your viewing pleasure the pictorial study: 2013 Supercross Bikes of the Stars.

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RYAN VILLOPOTO’S MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI KX450F 48

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DAVI MILLSAPS’ ROCKSTAR SUZUKI RM-Z450 50

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JAMES STEWART’S YOSHIMURA SUZUKI RM-Z450

TREY CANARD’S TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK CRF450R 52

RYAN DUNGEY’S RED BULL KTM 450SX-F 53


BROC TICKLE’S RCH SUZUKI RM-Z450

JUSTIN BARCIA’S TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK CRF450R 54

CHAD REED’S TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS/HONDA CRF450R 55


ELI TOMAC’S GEICO HONDA CRF250R 56

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WIL HAHN’S GEICO HONDA CRF250R

KEN ROCZEN’S RED BULL KTM 250 SX-F 58

MARVIN MUSQUIN’S RED BULL KTM 250 SX-F 59


DUNLOP PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE RETURN OF THE

KTM JUNIOR CHALLENGE

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ARMED WITH DUNLOP-EQUIPPED KTM 50SXS BIKES, 15 LUCKY BOYS AND GIRLS GET THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME BEING ABLE TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A FACTORY RIDER. After a five-year hiatus, the popular KTM Junior Challenge

live the life of a factory rider. Throughout race day, KJSC

(KJSC) returned to 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an

racers get to participate in the rider track walk, opening

FIM world championship for five rounds, and two rounds of

ceremonies and autograph session just like their favorite

the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross series. Marking its 13th year of

professional riders. Once geared up, the kids head out for two

existence, the KJSC has showcased over 2,500 boys and girls

separate practice sessions, with an exciting three- or four-lap

in stadium racing venues worldwide, including now notable

race taking place during the evening program.

factory riders such as Ryan Dungey, Mike Alessi, Eli Tomac and Cole Seely.

The next and final round of the 2013 KTM Junior Challenge will take place May 4 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV,

Armed with Dunlop-equipped KTM 50SXS bikes, 15 lucky

in conjunction with the 2013 Monster Energy Cup AMA

boys and girls get the experience of a lifetime being able to

Supercross finale.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE KTM JUNIOR CHALLENGE

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Anaheim 3, CA: Supercross (2-2-13)

Wilkes Barre, PA: Arenacross (2-9-13)

Arlington, TX: Supercross (2-16-13)

Atlanta, GA: Supercross (2-23-13)

Kansas City, MO: Arenacross (3-2-13)

Indianapolis, IN: Supercross (3-16-13)

1. Slade Varola

1. Austin Driggs

1. Matthew LeBlanc

1. Evan Ferry

1. Krake Cole

2. Tyler Blakenship

2. Mitchell Zaremba

2. Gavin Towers

2. Hamden Hudson

2. Justin Stalling

2. Liam Everts

3. Ty Freehill

3. Devin Ruth

3. Whispern Smith

3. Ragan Cochran

3. Elijah Tetzlaff

3. Jacob Hull

1. Jordan Biese

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FOR THE

ROAD

MEET TWO NEW DUNLOP TIRES DEVELOPED FOR TOURING RIDERS. Thanks to the high-profile visibility attached to Dunlop’s winning ways in motorcycle road racing competition the world over, our tires for the track and ultra-sporting street use enjoy an exceptionally high-profile reputation. However, at Dunlop, that’s only one part of the overall tire development story. In a parallel vein, vast amounts of development work, lab testing, track testing and test rides in the real world continue to be invested in the development of new street-oriented touring products as well. As proof, we offer a close look at two new tires, the secondgeneration American Elite™ tires for Harley-Davidson® FL Touring bike riders, plus new versions of the Elite 3 radial and bias-ply tires for Honda Gold Wings. All of these tires incorporate Dunlop’s famous MT Multi-Tread® technology, a design pioneered at the racetrack, but now being applied to touring tires as well to enhance the travel experience of long-distance riders.

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LONG-WEARING COMPOUND LATERAL GRIP COMPOUND

Harley-Davidson® FL Touring bike riders tend to be a pretty road wise crowd, so they’ll be delighted to learn that Dunlop’s new, second-generation American Elite tires deliver even more mileage for greater all-around performance. Designed with Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread™ technology, which provides a longwearing center compound along with lateral grip compounds on each side, this second-generation American Elite helps provide Harley touring riders with more mileage to go along with the great grip and handling that have already built up the sterling reputation of the American Elite. The entire new line of American Elite tires—including black sidewall, narrow white bar sidewall and wide white wall tires—are created with Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread technology in the rear to offer higher mileage. So now owners of 2009 and later Harley-Davidson FL TM

touring bikes can choose the sidewall style that best suits their bike and can also enjoy long tire wear.

MT MULTI-TREAD COMPOUND

Over the years, many Harley-Davidson riders found that the first-generation Dunlop American Elite served as a great alternative to the Dunlop D408F™/D407™ tires that came as standard equipment on the FL series machines. The American Elite tires for 2009 and later FL bikes were first available in black sidewall versions with MT Multi-Tread technology. Now this second-generation American Elite with Dunlop’s MT MultiTread technology not only ups the ante for high mileage in black sidewall versions, but also comes in a variety of cool new styles. All this from a tire designed, tested and manufactured in America.

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THANKS TO OUR MT MULTI-TREAD TECHNOLOGY, DUNLOP CAN PROVIDE RIDERS WITH THIS HIGHMILEAGE CENTER COMPOUND AND STILL DELIVER IMPRESSIVE HANDLING AND GRIP BY PUTTING GRIPPIER LATERAL COMPOUNDS ON THE EDGES OF THE TIRE TREAD. For riders of Harley-Davidson FL Touring bikes, model year 2009 and later, American Elite tires are available in 130/80B17, 130/70B18 and 180/65B16 black sidewall; 130/80B17 and 180/65B16 narrow white sidewall; and 130/90B16 and 180/65B16 wide white sidewall. For recent-model Softail and Fat Boy owners, the MH90-21, 140/75R17 and 200/50R17 sizes of American Elite are also available. All of the second-generation Dunlop American Elite rear tires for the FL models— the 180/65B16 black sidewall, 180/65B16 narrow white sidewall, and 180/65B16 wide white sidewall—feature MT Multi-Tread construction with our newest highmileage compound in the center of the tire. The rear 200/55R17 Fat Boy American Elite tire with its radial construction uses a different compound, which also delivers more mileage than the equivalent OEM tire. Thanks to our MT MultiTread technology, Dunlop can provide riders with this high-mileage center compound and still deliver impressive handling and grip by putting grippier lateral compounds on the sides of the tire tread.

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In similar ways, the incorporation of Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread technology into the vaunted Elite 3 tires deliver added advantages to Honda Gold Wing riders—another breed of riders who really like to pile up the miles. A first for Gold Wing riders from Dunlop, these Multi-Tread tires are now available in radial construction for the GL1800 and bias-ply construction for the GL1500. These MT Multi-Tread tires incorporate a longwearing compound in the center of the tread along with lateral grip compounds on each shoulder for added performance. Net result: Gold Wing riders can now enjoy the benefits of both great grip and great mileage. The MT Multi-Tread E3 is available in the 180/60R16 rear tire size for the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, and in the 160/80B16 rear tire size for the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing.

LONG-WEARING COMPOUND LATERAL GRIP COMPOUND

MT MULTI-TREAD COMPOUND

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KEVIN WINDHAM

ISN’T DONE YET When it comes to popularity among fans, nobody comes close to Kevin Windham. And it’s not just his long tenure as a racer that explains his huge following. Windham, the family man from Baton Rouge, LA, is one of the funniest, most approachable and engaging racers you will ever meet.

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Never one to miss a chance to poke fun at himself—or his teammates— Windham’s love of the sport is as legendary as his long and illustrious career, which made his retirement announcement earlier this season a shocker to many fans and industry insiders alike. After 19 years of professional competition, more than 200 Supercross starts, two 250 West Supercross championships and has a huge collection of wins in the 450 class, Windham suddenly—it seemed—called it quits in front of a packed house in Anaheim stadium. At 35, Windham was beginning to experience what many racers do; doubt. Only this time it wouldn't go away. After 31 years of racing motorcycles, Windham had suffered a couple of crashes that weighed on him, and after much deliberation decided to hang up his boots. “Racing at the level required to run up front these days in Supercross just got to be too much for me,” said Windham. “Now I am off to the next chapter.”

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“I JUST WANT TO BE HERE FOR MY TEAM AND HELP ANYBODY THAT NEEDS ME, ESPECIALLY ON THE HONDA PROGRAM.”

Windham, along with his GEICO Honda team

techniques that used to take months to learn,

manager Mike LaRocco, have played a pivotal role in

because they are duplicating these things on amateur

helping the team’s young riders transition from the

tracks. I think the sport is in a good spot and the

amateur ranks to the pros. Eli Tomac and Justin

progression and competition are at an all-time high.

Barcia—two Team Dunlop alumni—have both

Moving forward I will be here for them with whatever

dominated the 250 class thanks in part to the

they need.”

tutelage of Windham. And he plans to continue to work with the young guys, imparting decades of

Kevin Windham may not be soaring across the triples

experience to accelerate their learning curves.

in packed stadiums any more, but like so many racers of his generation—Jeremy McGrath, Jeff

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“I try to help the young guys with whatever I can,”

Stanton, Ezra Lusk, Tim Ferry, Johnny O’Mara and

said Windham. “I just want to be here for my team

many more who now work with teams and young

and help anybody that needs me, especially on the

riders behind the scenes—Windham isn’t about to

Honda program. It is crazy, though. The amateurs

pack his gearbag and vanish. And that is a great

turning pro these days are quickly learning

thing for the sport.

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“I TRY TO HELP THE YOUNG GUYS WITH WHATEVER I CAN.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS AMA Supercross May 4 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross May 18 Hangtown Classic Sacramento, CA

GNCC The Rocky Mountain Mammoth May 4-5 Park City, KY

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross May 25 Thunder Valley Lakewood, CO

WORCS Honolulu Hills May 10-12 Taft, CA GNCC Dunlop Limestone 100 May 18-19 Springville, IN

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross June 1 Bristol Blountville, TN

GNCC John Penton June 1-2 Millfield, OH Lucas Oil Pro Motocross June 8 High Point Mt Morris, PA GNCC Mountaineer Run June 15-16 Masontown, WV

©2013 Dunlop • P. O. Box 1109, Buffalo, New York 14240-1109 • 1-800-845-8378 • dunlopmotorcycle.com

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross June 22 Budds Creek Mechanicsville, MD Lucas Oil Pro Motocross June 29 Moto X 338 Southwich, MA GNCC Snowshoe June 29-30 Snowshoe, WV

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