Cameron Beaubier’s Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes talks tires with Dunlop development engineer Tom Grolman during a two-day test at Thunderhill Raceway. Photo Courtesy of MotoAmerica
For some of the MotoAmerica riders, the new year started a bit early as Dunlop hosted a tire test on December 9-10 at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Dunlop went all out, bringing 400 tires for those present in the Superbike/Superstock 1000 and Supersport classes, with 12 different spec fronts and 14 different spec rears.
It was just unfortunate that Mother Nature didn’t quite cooperate and the originally scheduled two-day test at the Northern-California circuit was shortened by heavy rain on Wednesday leaving a jam-packed Thursday in cold, but dry conditions.
“Overall we didn’t get everything we wanted done,” said Dunlop’s Tony Romo. “But we found a better direction on the front (tire) and some rear compounds. We didn’t get to the Qs (qualifying tires), but we will do that the next time here in January.”
On hand to test the new sets of rubber was Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes; Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Jake Lewis; Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha’s JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff; Meen Motorsports’ Josh Herrin and Joe Roberts; Westby Yamalube Racing’s Josh Day; Dunlop’s Benny Solis; and Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince.
One of the four MotoAmerica-Superbike riders at the test, local boy and reigning Superbike champ Beaubier was hoping for more time, but was happy to see the effort Dunlop made to provide so many options for testing.
“It was a bummer that we missed the first day just because we had a lot of stuff to go through on our side and on Dunlop’s side,” Beaubier said. “But we got through quite a bit today. We just went …read more