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Tires need heat to work at their optimum on track. But how much? And how best to get and retain that heat? David Podolsky from Chicken Hawk Racing joins us live to discuss how heat affects tire performance, grip and longevity, and what some of the best ways are to develop, measure and manage that heat.

Which Tire Warmers does EVERY racer on the podium in MotoAmerica SBK use?


Every Racer on the podium uses Chicken Hawks!  Get your Professional Line Warmers!

Tire Warmers: How and Why

by David Podolsky


When discussing tires, factors include grip, traction, tire longevity, chassis performance and suspension performance.

In addition to propelling us forward and keeping us upright through corners, tires are our first responders. The initial point of contact with a track’s bumps. they act as our bikes’ initial suspension component. To do this they deform, then quickly return to shape in a process called hysteresis. Carcass flexibility and tire pressure also play important roles in maintaining traction.

To produce grip. a tire must be soft enough that the track’s surface irregularities make an impression in the tread rubber. This permits maximum “mechanical keying.” The tread rubber must also have elasticity, high tensile strength and resist tearing so that the tread rubber engaging the track surface doesn’t get torn and scrubbed off.


Now that we’ve covered the basic concepts of how tires provide grip. let’s explore the most effective methods of utilizing these tire-prep and grip-maintenance tools to manage traction and wear. and increase safety.

It’s better to heat tires up slowly and gen­tly, asking them to begin working once they’re up to temperatu1·e-when their carcasses are supple and have greater elasticity.

We want the tire surface to be hot, but internal carcass temperature is more critical. Carcass temperature is a true reflection of how much heat is in the tire. It also affects tire pressure and carcass flexibility.


A tire warmer’s job in your pit is bring the tire carcass up as close as possible to the temperatures they’ll see on the track. It’s important to select a tire warmer that spreads heat evenly, drives that heat into the carcass,

and then keeps the heat from escaping.

High-end tire warmers typically have a much longer heating element that spreads heat energy more evenly. For example, CHR’s Professional Series rear warmer puts out 550 watts and has Teflon-insulated heating elements every 9 mm, which works out to 185 feet. This is less than 3 watts per foot. Having the same power but spreading it out heats the tire more evenly and keeps hot spots from forming. Instead of barbequing tires, this gentler operation has the desired “oven effect.”

Get educated and take the time to select the right tire warmer for your use. A good quality tire warmer should last five to seven years even if used often-as long as it is cared for properly. Look for a company that offers a great warranty, does repairs and services the product in-house. Compare information on heating ele­ments. insulation quality. temperature-control systems and casing materials.

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Give a carpenter a level and a plane and he’ll know what to do with them. They’re tools of his trade. However. without a knowledge base, an inexperienced person may not know how to use those tools correctly.
Tire warmers are simply tools to manage tire performance and longevity. They also require a base of knowledge to use them effectively. This article reviews the basics of how tire warmers can be used as tire-management tools to help you get the most out of your tires.

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Hayden Claims 7th Place at Thai WSBK Round

The second round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has drawn to a close, with Nicky Hayden claiming his best result of the season so far, a seventh place in front of the Thai crowd at Chang International Circuit. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike team mate Stefan Bradl crashed out at turn 12 during the sixth lap and could not continue the race.

The initial race came to an early end on lap six, when Savadori suffered a technical problem that led to a high-side at turn 12; red flags were deployed and a new 16-lap race was called by World Superbike Race Direction.

With the new grid based on official race positions from the end of lap four, Hayden launched himself off eighth place, while Bradl was five slots back in 13th. Both riders enjoyed a good start to the new encounter and joined a five-strong pack battling for fifth place.

On lap six, Bradl lost the front of his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 while running in tenth place and closing in on his team mate. Hayden, on the other hand, moved up a couple of positions during the central part of the race and maintained his seventh place until the chequered flag.

The World Superbike championship will return to action in three weekends at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Spain.


Nicky Hayden 69


The bike worked much better after the red flag and I was actually able to do my best lap-times of the weekend. We had a couple of good laps and I was quite consistent; I found myself in that group fighting for fifth place but then Leon’s bike started to blowing some smoke and all I did was trying to stay out of trouble. That cost me some time and when he retired I had already lost touch to Chaz for sixth place, so after that it was a lonely race for seventh. Things went a little bit better than yesterday but there is still a lot of work to do to close the gap with the leaders. Hopefully we’ll be able to get up there as soon as possible.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team


Stefan Bradl 6


Unfortunately today I made a mistake and crashed: when Davies got past I did my best to stay with him but I hit the brakes a little bit too late and didn’t release them early enough before ending up on the bump in the middle of turn 12. It’s a shame, because we could have easily have scored another top-10 result if not better. Now we must stay focused and keep working hard ahead of Aragón: we are heading to the European part of the season and I hope we can make some bigger improvement before the next race.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team


Pieter Breddels 

This morning we tried a couple of changes and they worked out OK, especially with Stefan. At the restart of the race, both riders were able to ride at a much more consistent pace: their feeling with the bike improved a bit from yesterday and so did their overall performance. Stefan was closing in on Nicky when the crash happened, but he did look like he could have battled for a good result today. Nicky rode a great race and if he wasn’t held up towards the end, he might have battled for a higher position. Overall, progress was made but and we’re still not where we want to be, however we have some more time to prepare ourselves ahead of the next race at Aragón.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team



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Chicken Hawk Racing signed as a Technical Supplier to Honda WorldSBK Team

Chicken Hawk Racing Inc. is the new Official Technical Supplier to the Honda WorldSBK Team for 2017, to run its world-renown Professional Series motorcycle tyre warmers. Both parties have the intention of signing a multi-year Technical Supplier agreement.

Former MotoGP and AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden is back on Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers for the first time in 15 years!

In 2007, Chicken Hawk Racing began selling tyre warmers in Europe, so the alliance with Honda’s WorldSBK Team is a natural fit. Both of the squad’s world-championship-winning riders American Nicky Hayden and Germany’s Stefan Bradl have previously raced on Chicken Hawk tyre warmers.

In addition to running Chicken Hawk Racing’s digitally operated Professional Series tyre warmers on its new 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade SPs, the Honda WorldSBK Team will utilize the company’s Chicken Wrap Wheel Insulators. All products will have custom colors and branding to suit the team and its sponsors.

Chicken Hawk Racing founder David Podolsky is excited to be aligned with the Honda WorldSBK Team racing effort: “The team evaluated our product at the last two tests and we’re proud to say they saw an advantage to utilizing our Professional Series warmers.

“Tyres are developing so quickly and are such an important ingredient to winning, so proper preheating is crucial. Working with Honda WorldSBK Team Technical Manager Pieter Breddels, we’ll surely stay on the cutting edge of development.”

Founded in 1992, Chicken Hawk Racing Inc. specializes in industrial-grade electric heaters. The Red Hook, New York-based company designs, builds and services the most rugged tyre warmers for all types of motorsports–from world championship race series to local track days.

2011 Moto2 Champion Stefan Bradl will compete on the Honda World Superbike CBR1000RR with Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers keeping the rubber hot next season!

Read the official release at the Honda World Superbike Website: https://www.hondaworldsbk.com/b14/chicken-hawk-racing-signed-as-a-technical-supplier-to-honda-worldsbk-team/

2017 Sponsorship Opportunity with Chicken Hawk Racing

Chicken Hawk Racing is proud to be a supporter of professional and up-and-coming privateer racers since 1992. Do you have what it takes to be a Chicken Hawk-sponsored rider? Join the ranks of top racers. Chicken Hawk-backed racers compete in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, AMA Pro Flat Track, British Superbike Championship, Isle of Man TT and MotoGP World Championship paddocks, including Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden & Toni Elias; 2016 MotoAmerica KTM RC 390 Cup Champion, Brandon Paasch; M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki; TOBC Racing; 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Champion, Bryan Smith; 3X AMA Supermoto Champion, Gage Mcallister; Buildbase BMW Motorrad’s Isle of Man TT Winner, Michael Dunlop; BSB Superstock 1000 Champion,  Taylor MacKenzie; 2014 FIM Supersport World Champion Michael van der Mark and nearly all of the AMA Pro Flat Track GNC paddock, as well as in club racing paddocks across the USA.

Chicken Hawk Racing has tire warmers to fit every budget. For track day riders our Privateer Line features a Dupont Nomex® liner, carbonized insulation and Neoprene® sides panels to retain heat; for club racers and aspiring pros we offer our Classic Line tire warmers, adding our traditional serpentine heating element, Dupont Nomex® insulation and Cordura® exterior; and for professional racers and teams we’re proud to offer our top-shelf Professional Line warmers that feature our exclusive, high-density heating element – only 8mm spacing between the elements (185’ of element compared to 85’ in the Classic Line) set at 195º F. These features make it the industry’s hottest tire heater, with an additional layer of insulation and an aluminized Kevlar exterior for added heat retention. See firsthand why the podiums are filled with riders using our warmers: Champions Choose Chicken Hawk!

Multi WERA Champions Witchkraft Racing choose custom imprinted Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers

Multi WERA Champions Witchkraft Racing choose custom imprinted Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers

Chicken Hawk Racing is now accepting racer resumes for 2017 sponsorship consideration, now through the end of December. Email your resume to: sales@chickenhawkracing.com and follow Chicken Hawk Racing on social media, below:
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CHR works with top teams and tire companies to develop their leading edge tire warmer technology

CHR works with top teams and tire companies to develop their leading edge tire warmer technology

CHR Riders Dominate MotoAmerica at NJMP, Get Free Knee Sliders & Shipping With Any Set of Tire Warmers

Buy any set of Chicken Hawk Tire warmers and get a free set of Kneesliders and free shipping.
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We had two winners for our contest for Roger Hayden tire warmers!

Dan, his fiancé and their pooch, Bradl, pose with Rich Doan of Yoshimura and David Podolsky of Chicken Hawk Racing.

Dan, his fiancé and their pooch, Bradl, pose with Rich Doan of Yoshimura and David Podolsky of Chicken Hawk Racing.

Our first winner- Randy Dalmas got the warmers but was unable to attend the races, so we picked a second runner up-Daniel Edmondson and his Fiancee attended the races! Along with passes for the weekend, we gave Danny & his fiancee a tour of  Team Yoshimura Suzuki pits, transporter and garage, spending nearly an hour talking shop with Yosh crew chief Rich Doan.

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Chicken Hawk Racing Riders Dominate Super Bike finals at NJMP:


The 2016 MotoAmerica AMA Superbike season came to a close at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, USA and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing ended the year with a bang, victorious in both race.

Roger Hayden raced to a thrilling victory in race one. Then it was Toni Elias and Hayden finishing one-two in the final race of the season giving Yoshimura Suzuki a clean sweep on the season finale.

Yoshimura Suzuki Riders Roager Lee Hayden and Toni Elias dominated MotoAmerica Superbike racing at NJMP

Yoshimura Suzuki Riders Roager Lee Hayden and Toni Elias dominated MotoAmerica Superbike racing at NJMP

Hayden grabbed the victory in race one aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike by just .104 of a second. It marked his second win of the season. Elias was a hard-charging third after qualifying eighth and starting from the third row this was his sixth win this season.

CHR raffle winner Dan Edmondson enjoys the Prize!

Dan, his fiancé and their pooch, Bradl, pose with Rich Doan of Yoshimura and David Podolsky of Chicken Hawk Racing.

Dan, his fiancé and their pooch, Bradl, pose with Rich Doan of Yoshimura and David Podolsky of Chicken Hawk Racing.

CHR raffle winner Dan Edmondson enjoys the Prize!   Having his name selected from the entries, Dan Edmondson smiles here with his Yoshimura branded tire warmers which were autographed by former team rider Blake Young.

In addition to the one of a kind tire warmers, Dan and his fiancé received 3-day passes to the Moto America races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, toured the team’s race prepped tractor trailer and had a chance to meet the crew and see the Yoshimura Suzuki race bikes up close and personal.

Thanks to Rich Doan of Yoshimura and Moto-America for helping make this a great raffle and race weekend!!

Congratulations to Team Yoshimura who swept the races!!

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