New tires a pound lighter up front, two in the back
ITP aims to have motocrossers salivating with the introduction of its new QuadCross MX Pro Lite front and rear tires.
“The QuadCross MX PRO Lite represents the next big step in race tire technology, by way of significant updates to an already proven product,” ITP says in a release.
Compared to the QuadCross MX Pro, ITP says its new tire is a pound lighter in front and two pounds lighter in back — a substantial difference considering the standard tire was already one of the lightest on the market.
The QuadCross MX Pro Lite features a new 2-ply carcass utilizing a sidewall apex design that is designed to stiffen the sidewall during side loads without compromising ride quality. ITP says acceleration, braking, cornering and overall balance and feel have all benefited from this new carcass as well as a tried-and-true tread pattern, especially on hard-packed track surfaces.
The rear QuadCross MX Pro Lite comes with an all-new rubber compound as well, a high-tech formulation that ITP says offers superior grip while still delivering extended wear characteristics.
“This is not just a softer tire that hooks up well for three laps and is then ready for the dumpster,” says ITP. “This is a pro-level tire now being made accessible to all racers.”
According to ITP, the new QuadCross MX Pro Lite was made possible through the efforts and input of numerous factory riders and technicians during the 2008 racing season, specifically from Team Monster Energy Kawasaki and Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson. These teams are running the QuadCross MX Pro Lite in 2009 as well, and in fact Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer gave the new production model a winning debut in the AMA ATV Pro National season-opening moto at Glen Helen Raceway in March (grabbing a decisive holeshot and leading from wire to wire).
“During pre-season testing we were looking for every advantage we could find, and this new QuadCross MX PRO Lite dropped our lap times by two seconds compared to any other tire we tried — that’s a lot for any single component change, so the choice was obvious,” says Team Monster Energy Kawasaki team manager Jimmy White.
“I definitely noticed a huge improvement for the start and acceleration,” says defending ITP/Yamaha QuadCross Series champion Dustin Nelson. “The new tires make the bike feel like it has an extra pony or two.” The new QuadCross MX Pro Lite is now available in 20×6-10 front and 18×10-8 rear sizes. You can find them at ITP’s trackside support area at all the events on the AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series, ITP/Yamaha QuadCross Series and World Off-Road Championship Series schedules. For more information, visit ITPTires.com.