World Superbike switching to 17″ rubber from 2013
Pirelli announced today that starting from 2013, it will begin supplying all the tyres for the World Superbike Championship, which currently are produced in 16.5″, in the 17″ size. This radical option will allow Pirelli to remain even closer to its philosophy, its unique approach towards competition with its continuous transferring of solutions developed in the racing environment into the hands of motorcyclists and into road going product through technologies and developments coming from the highest level production series World Championship for which Pirelli is the sole supplier.
Pirelli’s 16.5″ Diablo Superbike tyres are currently used not only in the Superbike World Championship, but also in World Endurance, BSB and CIV.
In line with the primary goal of WSBK to showcase in the highest level of racing the products also sold on the market, Pirelli will replace the current 16.5″ tyres with 17″ sized tyres which have already been successful in the local Superbike championships in New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Canada, Malaysia and many other local championships.
The 17” slick tyre is the optimal response for those seeking top performance without having to modify the chassis: ultra-high performance without mounting a new set of wheels or changing the bike’s settings.
Over the past three years, Pirelli has greatly accelerated its tyre development to meet end users’ needs and the power delivered by new bikes: in 2009, Pirelli introduced the new 190/60R17 size, in 2010 introduced a new high modulus carcass (Pirelli Patent), continuously improving compounds and finally in 2011 introduced the new 200/60R17 size.
Compared to the 16,5” slick tyre, the 17″ rubber offers a thicker tread for better handling and consistency, its footprint in mid to full lean is approx 10% wider thanks to a higher profile and a carcass able to endure more side force, Pirelli claim these features will bring great benefits to motorcyclists.
The Superbike World Championship will be an excellent environment that will allow Pirelli, as sole supplier, to develop the best tyres for 17″, a size that is now more and more demanded by the market.