Chris Western races across every terrain imaginable, wheat belt scrub, jumps, sandhills, big whoops, gravel, baked red earth, apine forest floor studded with tree roots and deep mud in the pouring rain. After 20 years of racing and looking at what other racers were using, Chris chose Mickey Thompson Tires and has never looked back, Chris says, “Choosing the tyres gives me one less thing to worry about. For me, they’re the best tyre in the world I can buy.”
The perfect off-road racing tyre
“In the past, I’ve tried other brands of tyres but they were only suited to one type of terrain or were too soft and wore out too quickly. I like everything about the MTZ tyres. We are getting longer wear, the tread pattern suits mud, sand and gravel roads which is really important, as we cover all these different surfaces during a race. Most of all, it’s the PowerPly which gives less under-steer in cornering and more control so I can power out of the corner earlier for faster lap times. At high speed, the MTZ’s give me more confidence to keep pushing. The MTZ is the perfect tyre for the harsh conditions in off-road racing.”
How do PowerPly tyres respond faster?
When you drive a tight corner, you notice the time it takes your tyres to respond. True to form, Mickey Thompson has designed a tyre that responds faster. Think of it like this. The plies of a traditional radial tyre run in the same direction. In cornering, the plies twist causing tread squirm. More tread squirm means a slower response time to your steering.
With Mickey Thompson’s new PowerPly carcass construction, the first two plies run in the same direction. It’s the third ply, the PowerPly, that makes the difference. The PowerPly is a directional ply running slightly across the two radial plies linking them together and strengthening the tyre. The plies twist far less meaning less tread squirm giving you greater traction and faster steering response.
For the full range of Mickey Thompson tyres go to www.mickeythompsontires.com.au or call 1300 MICKEY.