Goodyear Strongly Positioned for 2020 Dakar Rally


Goodyear has announced that it will be the official tyre supplier to two top teams in the upcoming Dakar Rally.

Top teams KAMAZ-master and PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO Select Goodyear as Exclusive Tyre Partner

In 2020, the famous rally will return to its roots, the desert. The race starts on January 5th in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia. A new continent represents new challenges, especially on the tyre front and with the next edition including a mix of sandy dunes, rocky canyons and wadi’s or dry river beds testing drivers, vehicles and tyres to the max.

One of the rules in the Dakar Rally is that the teams have to compete on standard truck tyres. Goodyear has already a strong proof record in the super marathon race. In previous years, PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO ahas occupied the podium places including two first places with Goodyear as their tyre and development partner.

Henk Van Leuven, Team manager of PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO spoke about the team's relationship with Goodyear, "Goodyear is closely involved in the pre-testing phase, the input we get from the engineering team is supporting us in optimising the set-up of the vehicle, so the truck and the tyres work seamlessly together. To get the best results we define how to adapt the tyre pressure in order to optimise the performance and extend the tyre life as this means sometimes win or lose."

For the 2019-2020 motorsport season, Goodyear has also announced its collaboration with KAMAZ-master. Based on the successful experience on Goodyear 375/90R22.5 OFFROAD ORD tyres, the team saw the potential and reliability of these tyres and decided to sign a contract for the entire season. Besides the Dakar rally in Saudi-Arabia, Goodyear will also support the team in the Silkway in China.

Goodyear Offroad ORD Specifically Designed for Off-Road Performance

The Goodyear Offroad ORD is designed for off-road performance with high levels of traction and increased resistance to damage. The tyres offer advanced robustness in extreme conditions.

The tread pattern with massive blocks along with the optimized compound provides: high resistance to tearing and cutting, uniform wear and advanced durability. Deep and wide grooves simplify self-cleaning of the tread and increase traction on a wide variety of surfaces from mud, rough rocks, loose sand and slippery slopes like in mines and quarries.

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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