Avon Tyres is once again teaming up with Isle of Man legend Dave Molyneux in his bid to increase his TT-winning tally in 2013.
Last year, “Moly’s” Avon-shod sidecar took the Manxman to both the class wins, along with passenger Patrick Farrance. The two wins put Molyneux on a total of 16 victories on the Island leaving him in third in the all-time winners list, behind Joey Dunlop and John McGuinness.
The 2012 Isle of Man event was an impressive one for Avon Tyres as a whole, with 95% of the leading runners choosing the British Avon brand. Both sidecar race podiums were an Avon ‘clean-sweep,’ with more success expected in 2013.
Molyneux, who for 2013 has chosen to run a wider Avon “chair” tyre than ever before, said, “This year – like any year – you can’t take things for granted as there is plenty of competition. I’ve really enjoyed working with Avon Tyres’ Steve Smith on some technical developments which we hope will mean we are a step ahead. The modifications to the bike are in the tyre sizes and this should up our speed somewhat. We are confident it’s going to work at the TT as it has in testing. The changes mean we get more drive onto the fast straights and a knock-on effect has meant that the suspension works better, too. These changes – along with some updated aerodynamics – mean that I’m really looking forward to TT 2013.”
Avon Tyres’ Motorsport Sales Manager Steve Smith commented, “Last year was fantastic for Avon to be back in the TT paddock with a factory service. In 2012, all of the top teams used our tyres, and teams trying Avons for the first time were impressed with the grip and predictability of the tyre.
“This year we are aiming for more of the same. Dave is the most successful sidecar rider around the island, and he has got to be the favourite once more for the double victory but he will be hard pushed by John Holden, Tim Reeves and Ben Birchall amongst others. The number of entries in the sidecar class has increased again this year and the two sidecar races will be incredible. I can’t wait.”
Avon Tyres has a long and distinguished history in motorcycle racing on two and three wheels. The first motorcycle tyre was manufactured in 1911 and, since then, champions such as Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene have used - and won on - Avon. More recently, Avon riders have won 13 Supersport and four Production class championships, as well as Isle of Man TT victories on both three and two wheels.