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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MICHELIN STUNT RIDER

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Mark Van Driel has ridden into the record books on a Kawasaki ZX6R 636 fitted with Michelin Pilot Road 3 tyres.

Mark, from the Michelin-sponsored 2 Bros Racing stunt riding team, broke the world record for performing the most ‘switchback zero rotations’ in one minute.

The feat was captured by national television as part of CBBC’s second series of Officially Amazing – the show that follows wild and wacky World Record attempts.

Switchback zero rotations involve the rider sitting facing backwards, using only expert balance to steer the bike through full circles – if the hands touch the handlebars at any time, the attempt has failed.

In spite of terrible weather, Mark managed 13 rotations in 60 seconds, beating the previous unofficial record of 12 rotations and earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mark said: “With terrible weather on the day of the attempt, I wasn’t sure what we would be able to achieve. Fortunately my stunt bike is fitted with Michelin’s Pilot Road 3 tyres, offering superb grip and stability – even when riding a bike backwards on wet concrete! Safety is absolutely critical to me whether I’m performing stunts or just enjoying being on the road, and the Pilot Road 3s go a long way to ensuring that safety margins are maximised.

“I was really chuffed with the result. It’s a great feeling having your name attached to a World Record.”

Michelin has sponsored Mark and his teammate Ash at 2 Bros Racing for two years, and is dedicated to showing how world-class tyres can transform both safety and performance.

The Pilot Road 3 is testament to Michelin’s Total Performance ethos – a commitment to constantly improve tyre performance across a wide range of criteria including fuel efficiency, wet braking, dry braking, longevity and noise.

Find out more about motorcycling with Michelin at moto.michelin.co.uk

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