Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

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Q. My Ducati 1000S is due a new set of tyres after 6500 miles on the original Phantoms. Can you recommend a good replacement for fast road use with the odd track day. I don’t use the bike in the winter or in the wet.

Got any ideas or shall I stick with the OE tyres?
Gary Neal, e-mail
A. Here are the usual suspects in our order of preference:
For road use/trackdays: Dunlop Qualifier II, Pirelli Diablo Rosso, Metzler Sportec M3, Michelin Pilot Power 2CT, Bridgestone BT-016.

For faster road/fast track day: Dunlop Qualifier RR (sticky)/GP Racer (even stickier), Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP (road compound), Metzeler Racetec Interact K3 (road compound), Michelin Power Race (road compound), Bridgestone BT-003 RS.

Marc Abbott

By Marc Abbott