Best motorcycle trackday tyres

Trackday tyres are the ultimate, road-legal performance tyres for your bike – here are some of our favourites

Riding a Suzuki SV650X on a trackday

by Jim Blackstock |

When you ride on track, whether on a trackday or actually racing, you want the highest performance, grippiest tyres available.

For pure racing classes, that means slicks, and sometimes trackdays allow slick-shod bikes as well. But for most production-racing classes, and nearly all trackdays, that means road-legal, treaded tyres.

But even within that definition, there are plenty of track-orientated, high-performance tyres available, sometimes even in different compounds, and many trade-off little in terms of performance compared to a pure slick – especially for non-professional riders.

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Plus the added bonus is that, being road legal, trackday buffs don’t have to van their machines to the circuit, as long as the rest of the bike is legal, there’s the option of riding it there, too.

But which trackday tyres are currently available? How much do they cost? And what do you get for your money? Here’s our current pick of some of the best...

1. Metzeler Racetec RR

Description

The Racetec RR is German brand Metzeleru2019s (although itu2019s now owned by Italian giant

Metzeler Racetec RR

The successor to the RaceTec Interact it comes in three different compounds – K1 (soft, most grip but shortest lifespan, so some use on the front only), K2 (medium, the most popular choice for trackday riders for its balance of grip and durability) and K3 (being the hardest, so best for riders who do most of their riding on the road but the odd trackday as well).

Metzeler Racetec TD Slick

Metzeler Racetec TD Slick Motorcycle Tyre
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2. Metzeler Racetec TD Slick Motorcycle Tyre

MCN Rated: Best trackday tyre

Description

Tested by Michael Neeves, for one test day - Quality 5/5, Value 4/5

"Racing slicks have immense grip, but no point using them for trackdays. They’ll tear if compounds don’t match track temperature, degrade through heat cycles and need to be baking before they work properly, so you need tyre warmers, paddock stands and power. Pressures need to be set hot, so you’ll need to constantly check them after each session, too. It’s only worth the massive faff looking after them if you’re actually racing.

"These trackday slicks come very close to the grip and feel of a race tyre without the hassle. They can be used from cold, so no need for warmers - just set pressures at the start of the day and off you go. They can ‘flipped’ to even out wear, too. I tried them on my race S1000RR and although the electronics, suspension and geometry were set for taller profile race rubber they were only a second off my Brands Indy practice time."

3. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3

Description

As with Metzeleru2019s RaceTec, the Supercorsa is Italian brand Pirelliu2019s top-of-the-range

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3

The V3 is the very latest version with a new tread design, new compound on the shoulder as developed in World Superbikes, new profiles to heighten response, handling and grip and a bi-compound rear to combine grip, stability and mileage.

4. Michelin Power Cup Evo

Description

The Power Cup Evo is a lightweight track-ready tyre designed for circuit use but also road legal

Michelin Power Cup Evo

5. Bridgestone Battlax RS10

Description

Bridgestoneu2019s latest premium high-grip radials that achieve excellent dry handling, grip and

Bridgestone Battlax RS10

The RS10 has been recognized for its high performance and its combination of stability and controllability, designed to extract every bit of performance from supersports bikes.

6. Bridgestone Battlax RS11

Description

The Battlax Racing Street RS11 is Bridgestoneu2019s latest tyre to take its track developed

Bridgestone Battlax RS11

The compound configuration is a 3LC on the front as well as on the rear. On the rear it has an additional cap and base compound to match the required tread stiffness and stability.

7. Dunlop D212 GP Racer

Description

Derived from the legendary D212 GP Pro - Dunlopu2019s Isle of Man TT race-specification bloodline

Dunlop D212 GP Racer

Its race-derived mould profile gives faster turn-in and reduced steering effort; the NTEC system allows pressure adjustment for track conditions; there are revised centre and shoulder compounds for maximum dry grip while a new construction combined with compound development provide improved endurance for sustained racing performance.

8. Continental ContiRaceAttack2

Description

German firm Continentalu2019s most high-performance road tyre so far is also more than capable on

Continental ContiRaceAttack2

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