It’s been a busy few weeks for Johannes Van De Pol as he prepares for the Manx GP, with trips to Anglesey and Brands Hatch on his 350 Goldstar giving him a final chance to tweek his bike setup.
One modification that Johannes has already made to his bike is to change tyres, swapping his usual choice of Avon or Dunlop for the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic racing tyre. This racing radial is based on our extremely popular ContiRoadAttack 2 sport touring tyre, but has been engineered specifically with classic racing in mind – practically dominating the European Classic Bike Series over the last three years.
His first chance to test the tyres would come at Anglesey, where he took four wins in the Goldstar 500 class.
“I found straight away they were very nimble and let you steer your bike without any effort, also they could cope with very harsh braking without getting squashy or weaving” said Johannes. He went on to comment; “Wore my boots out and a set of knee sliders. It seemed that the Conti’s let me power on earlier, and harder. And the bike seemed to have lost 20kg in weight by the way she tipped and flicked through the corners.”
Just to be sure about the level of performance he got from the Continental, and with Anglesey always providing a very grippy surface, he headed to Brands Hatch on a very hot weekend for another round of racing and tyre testing. Despite the heat, rain decided to fall during the weekend over the Kent circuit, but Johannes again managed to take another 3 wins, only missing out on a fourth due to a technical problem with the bike three laps in.
The heat made for greasy conditions before the rain fell, but Johannes didn’t have any issues stating that any slides were “nothing concerning and always progressive and giving me a real good feel of what was going on.” In wet conditions the tyres still performed, with Johannes saying that “I am usually quite happy in wet conditions so I decided to go after the faster lads and see how that felt. As it turned out I was keeping up without a problem. Although it was a bit slidy, the conties didn’t seem to give up trying to keep grip and proved very useful in the wet. I ended up laying second overall and just wanted to make a move to go for first when my bike started coughing and spitting.”
Best of luck to Johannes in the upcoming Manx GP, we look forward to following his progress!
Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR here.