Avon takes control

Avon has announced its appointment as control tyre supplier for the Thundersport GB Aprilia RRV450GP race series. Avon's 3D Ultra Xtreme track tyres will be the official dry race tyre, with Avon's racing wet tyres for use during wet rounds.

Racing is the ultimate test for a performance motorcycle tyre. Organisers like Thundersport GB spend much of the close season testing new rubber to try and find a better solution for their race classes, and Avon's 3D Ultra Xtreme has come out on top for 2015, in terms of grip, handling, and tyre tread life.

Thundersport's Dave Stewart said, "Avon's new 3D Ultra Xtreme tyres consistently outperformed everything else, not only in outright performance terms, but also in tyre tread life and through various heat cycles. Based on those findings, we realised that we simply had to obtain this product for our championship."

Test riders also commented that the Avon's front profile was very well suited to the Aprilia, allowing them to use all of the tyre. The tyres used are exactly the same road-legal 3D Ultra Xtreme track rubber that can be bought from any Avon dealer.

Thundersport's Aprilia RRV450GP series, run in conjunction with IN Competition, aims to fill the gap between 125GP level racing and full-bore 600cc supersports racing. For both novice and advanced racers, the 65bhp Aprilia fits well between 30bhp 125s and 120bhp 600s. The bikes are based on Aprilia's SXV450 V-twin off-road bike, with suspension, wheel, brake and bodywork modifications, to suit short-circuit road racing. Approved tyre sizes are 120/70ZR17 front and180/55ZR17 rear.

The Aprilia RRV450GP series is televised free-to-air on Motors TV in the UK, Fox in the US and Channel 7 in Australia.