The Dunlop name dates back to 1889, when Dunlop Rubber was founded by John Boyd Dunlop, the man who had discovered the pneumatic tyre. However, in 1985 the company became defunct, and Dunlop is now a subsidiary of the American Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company. In March 2014, Goodyear announced that Dunlop’s UK tyre-making operation would cease after 125 years, with production shifting to France and Germany.
The Dunlop name remains synonymous with top quality motorsport such as the British Touring Car Championship and the Australian V8 Supercars Championship. It is also still heavily involved in motorbike racing, and is the Original Equipment supplier to many leading brands, including Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM.
Dunlop’s links with the muddy world of motocross go back to the beginnings of the sport, when it launched the K88 Sport, its first purpose-built motocross tyre, and today’s knobbly tyres with specialised construction continue to push the limits of performance. The current Dunlop off-road range includes five Geomax models, suitable for use on a variety of surfaces, plus an off-road mousse insert which replaces the inner tube.
Dunlop races in the MX1 class of the FIM World Championship with Team HRC, featuring Evgeny Bobryshev and Max Nagl, as well as the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, featuring Gautier Paulin and Steven Frossard. Dunlop is also the tyre of choice for a number of teams in the AMA Supercross series, including Monster Energy Kawasaki and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.