After seeing the successes of a number of teams in 2013 running the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR including Phase One who claimed top spot in the European Classic Bike Series, the team at Darvill Racing decided to test out the high performance classic race tyre from Continental in a race at Jurby on the Isle of Man.
Darvill Racing have regularly been using a classic tyre from another leading manufacturer, but when fitted to the torquey Kawasaki ZR-1 they decided that they needed something that offered both the increased performance and durability that was required for the bike.
The ContiRoadAttack 2 CR features a number of our unique technologies including the fast warming Black Chili compound, as well as Traction Skin which minimises the need to scrub in the tyre once fitted. Our Continuous Compound Technology also allows us to create a Multi-Compound style tyre from a single piece of rubber, whilst also eliminating the feeling of step which riders experience when transitioning in and out of a corner. These technologies are also featured on the sport touring versions of the ContiRoadAttack 2 including the new EVO version.
Team Principal Alex Aitchison was instantly impressed with the design of the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR when fitted to the bike, but the real test would come during the weekend of racing at Jurby running in the Andreas Racing Classics Championship.
Rider Keith McKay reported that the conditions were damp and patchy, as well as being freezing cold during practice, with conditions drying a little later on in the day for the race but the temperature remaining cold. Keith made it two class wins from two on the day which was a fantastic start racing on an unfamiliar tyre, and afterwards he said of the performance:
“The Conti RoadAttack CR compound tyres were also amazing, they didn’t give me a single “moment” all day in conditions that were challenging to say the least… we had a waved yellow for an incident *every* lap of practice and many, many fallers through the day”
When sending us the race report Team Principal Alex summed up the thoughts of the Darvill Racing team saying:
“We have been blown away by the performance of the Conti tyres, not only have they been fantastic in all conditions but they have hardly worn, we are very, VERY impressed!”
Darvill Racing are also keen to try Continental on the teams electric and modern race bikes, and you can follow the teams progress and latest news via their website.