Misano Adriatico (Italy),

Home round for Pirelli at Misano for the WorldSBK Championship as the Event Main Sponsor and with a brand new, innovative front tyre in 125/70 bigger size plus two supersoft tyres for Superpole®

After developing the 200/65 rear size for race tyres, the Milanese company unveils a Superpole® version and focuses its efforts on a newly designed front size to work harmoniously with the rear

From Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July 2018, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the ninth round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship where, after the Californian break in which only the main class was present, all the categories of the production bike derived series will be back on track.

For the occasion, Pirelli, the Sole Tyre Supplier of all classes in the Championship since 2004, will be the Event Main Sponsor of this round, thus taking the official name of Pirelli Riviera di Rimini Round.

For this round, Pirelli has decided to deploy an exceptional quantity of tyres, in fact there are 5298 of them traveling to the Romagna Riviera circuit, this is not only because all the classes will be present but also because the riders of the WorldSBK class will be able to count on six front and four rear slick solutions as well as two qualifier tyres to choose from. After developing the 200/65 rear size for race tyres, Pirelli has decided to make a version for Superpole® alongside the standard 200/60 size. Both sizes use the same compound so now riders who may choose to use a bigger rear tyre for the race, can also use within the second session of Superpole® , a 200/65 qualifier tyre and retain the same set-up.

In addition, as evidence of Pirelli's development work in the direction of bigger tyres which guarantee an even higher level of stability, in Misano Adriatico the Italian brand has decided to introduce an unprecedented and new design solution in the bigger 125/70 size which can work in unison with the new rear 200/65.

The Monday after the race weekend, the Romagna Riviera circuit will also host the second Italian running, after Imola, of the Pirelli SBK® Track Days initiative. The day includes track sessions dedicated to motorcyclists who are fans both of Pirelli and SBK® which take place on some of the most fascinating circuits to host the production bike derived series. Riders get the chance to experience the excitement of the Superbike Championship by taking to the track in the wake of their champions. For more information: www.pirelli.com/trackdays.

The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was designed in 1969 and opened its gates to racing activities in 1972. In 1993 the track was extended to 4060 metres and, from 2006, went through some modernization works including the extension of the track to 4180 metres and a chang to the circuit direction, which became clockwise. At the beginning of 2008 a new 250 metre long pit lane exit was built, requiring a modification of the “Variante del Rio”, and, afterwards, the track reached the current length of 4226 meters, comprising 1850 metres of straights, including the finishing straight of 510 meters. Today the track has 10 turns to the right and 6 to the left.

In 2015 the track was completely resurfaced with the laying of 53,000 square metres of asphalt, in addition to other changes such as modifying the ‘escape’ routes. This was done in compliance with the DroCAS™ safety calculations for better decelerating capacity while maintaining space for manoeuver in the event of an error. New curbs with embedded drainage and reprofiling of existing ones, the review of the system of drainage and surface profiles were revised. Two new mini circuits were also made, the Brutapela and the Acquedotto, introducing curves with original designs specially designed for safe riding and riding schools.

The asphalt, which was developed with a specific formula to combat the effects of salt and humidity, is definitely more aggressive and abrasive on the tyres than before, combined with high temperatures which might compromise a rider’s line during the races. The track is a very sinuous one, the most challenging section is definitely the zone after the fast “Curvone”. This comprises of a series of right-hand corners which require a high mechanical and thermal stress for tyres when the bike is leant over, on the leaning ‘shoulder’. On the other hand, the straights are quite short and do not allow high for ‘tipping in’ speeds but require different braking and acceleration points.

The solutions for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes

For this stage Pirelli has brought a significant amount of tyres, a total of 5298, to meet the needs of all four classes which will participate in the Italian round. In addition to dry tyres, in the event of bad weather, rain tyres are always provided and, for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP categories, also intermediate tyres.

In the WorldSBK category, the riders will have at their disposal ten dry solutions, six for the front and four for the rear, as well as two supersoft qualifier tyres, one in the standard 200/60 size and the other in the bigger 200/65, to be used in the second session of Superpole®.

The solutions provided for the front are four in soft compound SC1 and two in medium compound SC2.

In addition to the standard SC1, those in the soft compound are the development versions W0746, which adopt a supersoft compound to guarantee a high level of grip on the front, the V0952, much appreciated by riders in all the races this year, and the brand new X0417 which presents itself in the innovative 125/70 size compared to the 120/70 used by all the other solutions. As for the medium solution, the riders will be able to choose between the standard SC2 and the development SC2 X0605, a solution with a rather rigid compound that, compared to the standard SC2, offers greater solidity and precision and should guarantee more homogeneous wear and greater grip.

As for the rear, the riders will only have available solutions in a soft compound, first of all the standard SC0. The others are development solutions: the X0175, which debuted at Brno and which uses the same compound of the standard SC0 but is in the new 200/65 size, the new X0022, also in a bigger size and with the SC0 compound but with different structural solutions compared to the X0175. Finally, the W1050, in a standard size and when compared to the standard SC0, is generally more suitable for cold temperatures.

In the WorldSSP class, four solutions for the front and three for the rear. At the front the standard SC1 and SC2 are supported by the development soft solution X0012 and the development SC2 X0582, designed to offer greater grip and more contained wear than the standard SC2.

At the rear the standard SC0 is flanked by the new development SC0 X0633, which compared to the standard solution should offer better resistance and performance consistency, and from the development SC1 X0093, designed to offer a high level of performance and limited wear, especially with low temperatures and already brought by Pirelli to Aragón and Assen.

The 2017 Pirelli statistics for Misano

• Total number of tyres brought by Pirelli: 4376

• Number of solutions (including dry, intermediate and wet) for the Superbike class: 5 front and 6 rear

• Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 35 front and 33 rear

• Number of solutions for the Supersport class (including dry, intermediate and wet): 5 front and 4 rear

• Number of tyres available for each Supersport rider: 25 front and 21 rear

• Superbike Best Lap Awards won by: Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team),in 1'35.297 (Race 1, 4th lap) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team),in 1'35.586 (Race 2, 2nd lap)

• Supersport Best Lap Award won by: Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), in 1'39.046 at 3rd lap

• Temperature in Race 1: air 27° C, asphalt 52° C

• Temperature in Race 2: air 27° C, asphalt 50° C

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike tyres: 274.8 km/h, by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in Race 2 at the 7th lap

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa SC tyres in Supersport race: 239,5 km/h, by Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) at 2nd lap and Loris Cresson (Race Department ATK#25) at 3rd lap.