Motorsport is at the heart of Dunlop. Our invention of the pneumatic tyre in 1888 was to achieve the goal of winning a race. We’ve never looked back since.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 18, 1889, spectators could not have known that they were witnessing the birth of Motorsport history. Riding for the very first time on pneumatic tyres invented the previous year by John Boyd Dunlop, local cyclist Willie Hume destroys the competition by winning four of the day’s five races, proof of the supremacy of air-filled tyres over their solid rubber predecessors, and the dawn of Dunlop’s intrinsic links with motorsport competition.
Since this time, Dunlop has competed at every Isle of Man TT event held since the first race in 1907. What’s more, Dunlop has helped numerous riders to not only win races, but to break countless records. 2015 saw Dunlop rider John McGuinness take his 44th podium, a record in itself to add to his 23 race victories.
What’s more, Dunlop continues to break records on the international stage. Our investment in global championships such as the FIM Moto2™, Moto3™ and Endurance World Championships drive the constant development of new technologies.