June 5th, 2024.

This weekend Dunlop heads into round two of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) season, supporting top teams racing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Riders face a fresh challenge this year as the race duration has been shortened from the traditional 24 hours to just 8 hours.

Dunlop will bring a total of 2000 tires to Spa, supplying 4 teams racing in the top Formula EWC class and all 23 teams competing in the highly competitive Dunlop Superstock category. Teams in both classes will choose from a range of Dunlop slick racing tyres from its proven KR109 and KR108 ranges, designed to maximise their single-lap pace and long-distance race strategies. Competing in EWC provides Dunlop with valuable track time to conduct active testing and research, supporting the development of the next generation of its hypersport ranges.

The longest track on the EWC calendar, Spa offers a unique challenge for teams and riders alike. The size of the track and the nature of the changeable Belgian weather means it can sometimes be raining on one part of the track and dry on another, meaning grip can vary from one corner to the next. This, combined with its mix of long straights, challenging fast corners and famed elevation changes, creates a unique challenge for riders and Dunlop’s track support engineers who work with every team to advise on setup and tyre choices.

In recent years, Dunlop has carried top teams to podium success and victory at Spa. In 2022, Dunlop tyres were the choice of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team #37 that won the 24H Spa EWC Motos, and last year, the same #37 BMW team claimed third place overall, with French outfit National Motos #55 Honda winning in the Superstock class.

Heading into this round, the #37 BMW team is placed third in the championship, so a repeat of the team’s previous success would be a valuable step towards competing for this year’s EWC title. Also hoping for a spot on the podium will be the local KM99 Yamaha team, who will undoubtedly be setting their sights on some home success.

Wim Van Achter, Motorsport Manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Europe, commented: “We are looking forward to returning to Spa to support the Dunlop-equipped teams running in both classes this year. Having raced for 24 hours at Spa for the last two years, it will be a unique challenge to return this year to an 8 hour race.

“The circuit, with its demanding layout and unpredictable weather, provides the perfect environment for us to showcase the durability and performance of our racing products. We're committed to supporting teams of all levels with the best technology and expertise to achieve continued success in the Endurance World Championship.”

On-track action begins at Spa with a two-hour free practice session on Friday 07 June, followed by two qualifying sessions. The 8-hour race begins at 13:00 this Saturday the 8th of June.
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