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Dunlop celebrate 100 consecutive wins

Dunlop celebrate 100 consecutive wins

Dunlop celebrate 100 consecutive wins

Dunlop celebrated their 100th consecutive win in the 250 class on Sunday, with Marco Melandri completing an historic streak which started back in 1996 when Max Biaggi won the opening race at Suzuka. Dunlop have an illustrious history in MotoGP racing, having provided the rubber for all classes at the first ever Grand Prix contested at the Isle of Man in 1949, and are now the only tyre manufacturer to supply teams in all three classes of the current World Championship.

Dunlop´s mastery of the 250 tyre is reflected by the fact that they supply rubber to all teams in the class and the 100 wins collected over the last six years have contributed to six world titles. Biaggi (1996 & `97), Loris Capirossi (`98), Rossi (`99), Jacque (`00) and Kato (`01) all benefited from Dunlop rubber, whilst the three previous World Championships were also won on Dunlops, thanks once again to Biaggi (`94 & `95) and Tetsuya Harada (`93).

`This commitment and success over so many years proves that Motorsport is a key part of the DNA of Dunlop and the commitment to MotoGP has never been greater,´ said Gilbert Mrozielski, Sales and Marketing Director for Dunlop Motorcycle Tyres in Europe. `It underlines our position as a global leader in both the OE and Replacement markets.´

The first statistical milestone of this impressive streak was recorded by Biaggi, who appropriately clocked up win number 25 at Brno in 1997. Biaggi´s arch rival Valentino Rossi made it a half century at Donington in 1999, whilst the opening day of the 2001 season saw Daijiro Kato make it 75. All three riders went on to take the title in those respective seasons, a record Marco Melandri will be hoping repeats itself as he looks to continue his own winning streak over the final six races of 2002.


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