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McKeown takes multiple Irish Championships on Avon Tyres

24 Oct 2013

MELKSHAM, UK, 24 Oct., 2013 – Stephen McKeown has this year taken three major Irish National Championships on Avon Tyres.

McKeown took the Formula 1 Era Superbike championship on his Aprilia RSV1000 Mille and added the Ulster and Irish Pre-injected 600 Series championships to his tally on his Yamaha YZF-R6. All three championships came on Avon’s 3D Ultra Xtreme tyre.

On his way to the Formula 1 Era Superbike championship, Stephen took eight wins and two second places during the season, marking the first time a major international series has been won on Avon tyres since the 1990s. The two 600 Series championships made it a hat-trick of titles for Stephen and Avon Tyres.

Machines on the grid for the six-event Avon Tyres Formula 1 Era SBK Series included motorcycles from the 1980s and 1990s, including the likes of the Honda RC30, Yamaha’s YZF750, Kawasaki’s ZXR750 and ZX-7R, the Aprilia RSV1000 Mille, as well as Ducati’s 916. Meanwhile both Irish and Ulster championships utilise the older Supersport 600 machines which come from an era before the proliferation of fuel-injection systems.

Gary Bretherton, UK Sales Manager for Avon Motorcycle Tyres, said: “Avon Tyres was delighted to sponsor the new Formula 1 Era Superbike championship and it was great to see the champion race and win on our Avon 3D Ultra Xtremes. For Stephen to then win the Ulster and Irish pre-injected 600 series on his R6 with Xtremes on was the icing on the cake! It proves the technology found in the tyres works well on track and that the same technology can be found in the road versions of this tyre – the 3D Ultra Sport and Supersport.”

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