This just in from Dunlop:
Dunlop Sets Four New Lap Records at Barber
Buffalo, NY: A fantastic weekend of close and exciting competition at Barber Motorsports Park served to highlight the ongoing development of Dunlop's Buffalo, NY made race tires as new lap records were set in all four classes.
In the American SuperBike Class, Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R1 rider Josh Hayes won both races despite being hounded relentlessly all weekend by National Guard/Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden. In the process, Hayden set a new SuperBike lap record of 1.25.2 during Sunday's race, a half-second faster than the 2012 lap record. The pace was exceptionally fast with Hayes and Hayden lapping in the mid-1.25s for most of the duration of both races. The performance of the domestically developed and produced Dunlop 200/55R17 KR449 slicks was stellar, with amazing consistency during both races despite track temperatures topping 118 degrees. Case in point: on lap 20 of Saturday's race Hayden turned an impressive 1.25.6 despite the wear and brutal temperatures.
In the Daytona SportBike class, all riders competed on Sportmax D211GP-A tires designed and produced in Buffalo. During Saturday's qualifying session, Cameron Beaubier and his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R6 established a new lap record for the class by cutting a 1.27.2, which was 0.2 of a second faster than the 2012 lap record. He backed up that effort with a new fastest lap during race 2, turning a lap time of 1.27.4 seconds, which was 0.8 of a second faster than the fastest lap in 2012 competition.
With the entire SuperSport field likewise mounted aboard US-made Sportmax D211 GP-A DOT-approved tires, 16-year-old Joe Roberts celebrated his birthday and AMA racing debut by winning both races in impressive fashion aboard his California Superbike School/Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR. In the process, Roberts dominated the racing and set a new lap record for the class in race 2 with a remarkable time of 1.29.0, 0.9 of a second faster than the 2012 lap record. Veteran Steve Rapp topped that new-record margin during the Harley-Davidson XR1200 race aboard D211 GP-A tires as he lowered the previous Barber lap record by a full second, posting a 1.34.6 time that demolished the 1.35.6 record set only a year ago in 2012.
Dunlop extends its thanks and congratulations to all of the racers who worked so hard over the weekend, with a special shout-out to the four riders who set the new class records at Barber. As the spec-tire supplier to AMA Pro Road Racing, Dunlop never ceases its ongoing development of race tires, and these new lap records serve as proof that racing continues to improve the breed?advancements that we incorporate into the Dunlop street tires available to all riders.