March 2 2011.

Michelin's new Pilot Road 3 sports-touring tyre has made an impressive debut in its first magazine test since it hit dealers' shelves in January this year. Bike Magazine tested seven sports-touring tyres from the major manufacturers in wet conditions and rated the Pilot Road 3 as the only tyre worthy of five stars.

The test was run at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and the test rider was freelance road tester and national level racer Bruce Dunn, who has 20 years experience assessing tyres.

The tester's comments on the Pilot Road 3 were as follows: 'The best yet, by miles. More confidence and outright grip. I could confidently drag my knee through inch-deep puddles every lap. The Suzuki GSX1250 is a 275kg bike and these are road tyres. It was alarming at first, as I've only found this level of wet weather grip before with wets and without the movement you get from the blocks on a racing wet. These are the best road tyres I have used in the wet. They tick every box.'

The full tyre test, along with a double page feature on the new tyres, can be found in the April 2011 issue of Bike Magazine which is available in newsagents now.

The Michelin Pilot Road 3 is available in most popular sizes now and will be available later this year in six front sizes and eight rears, including fitments for large trail bikes such as the BMW R1200GS.

Further technical information on the tyres will be available following the official press launch which takes place on Wednesday 23 March.